The legislative session in New York is winding down to its last chaotic week, and the fate of the Governor’s stealth abortion expansion bill is still undecided. Today, pro-life people from around the state will be traveling to Albany for one final effort to oppose this evil bill.
At times like these, it is all too easy to think that the entire fight is about politics, and media, and activism. But it’s not — a great spiritual celestial battle is taking place around and within us.
We see its signs everywhere — the addiction to lies to justify abortion, hardening of human hearts towards vulnerable people, the building of structures of sin to protect abortion, desensitization to violence and evil, a growing commitment to consequentialism and utilitarianism, a spirit of division in communities and families, and hatred and intolerance, particularly towards God and people of faith. All of these, of course, are the weapons and fruits of our Enemy, deployed in spiritual combat against us.
Perhaps more than anything else, we see the tragedy of the potential loss of souls. This legislation is undoubtedly very important, but it pales in significance next to the possible loss of a even single human soul. And that is always the highest goal of our Adversary.
At times like these, it is valuable to recall the words of St. Paul:
For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)
We who are in this struggle feel this acutely. We are deeply troubled and saddened in heart by the sight of baptized Christians who openly support abortion, or even avidly advocate for it. These are our brothers and sisters in Christ, yet they have accepted the Enemy’s lies and damaged their communion with Our Lord — hurting themselves, and hurting us as well. As much as we seek to convince them of their mistakes, we must also dedicate ourselves to prayer and acts of reparation, offered up for their conversion and their reconciliation to the Body of Christ.
We also feel it in our own hearts, in our very common feelings of powerlessness and defeatism, and the frustration, anger and bitterness that go along with them. We are ever mindful of our own sins, and we become burdened by our weakness and unworthiness. These too are weapons of the Enemy, meant to discourage us — literally, to rob us of our courage. Prayer and reparation are also called for, that we may receive the graces of fortitude and perseverance.
We also must remember that in this struggle, we have mighty allies who also strive endlessly against the Enemy. We are always under the protective mantle of Our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Heaven. We are united in prayer with the Church around the world and throughout time. We are continually strengthened by Our Lord, particularly in the Sacraments. And we fight alongside the angelic hosts and our patron saints — think of it, we bear arms alongside St. Michael, and we draw swords with St. Joan!
We are confident that the Spirit is with us, and will lift us up. And at times like these, in the midst of this struggle, it is always worth calling to mind the words of our Lord:
In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)