Share Your Voice

By Jill Bentch, SHS 2nd Grade Teacher

God’s miracles are happening all around us each and every day.  One of those miracles is the gift of life.  “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14   Science has given us the opportunity to witness this miracle through the advancements of ultrasounds.  It is amazing to see the beautiful changes that happen in a baby’s development like smiling, opening eyes and listening to sounds even before their first breath.  Another awe-inspiring thought is knowing that God intended this new creation for a special mission in their life.  This respect and amazement for life from birth to natural death has always been close to my heart.

            Recently I was asked to publicly share my stance on Pro-Life.  To be honest with you, I was very hesitant about doing this.  Not because I don’t support the sacredness of life or that I was ashamed of my beliefs, but because I wasn’t sure I had the right words to effectively make a stance that would result in a positive difference and change hearts in a loving way.  With the recent reversal of Roe vs. Wade, great strides have been made to protect life.  Shortly after this reversal, both sides of this issue revealed strong convictions on the news and social media.  At times I felt that some attempts in defense of life even though they had good intentions, seemed to actually cause more division by coming across as being judgmental.  Although I strongly believe in pro-life views, I feel that the message needs to be delivered in a way that does not condemn others or cast judgement but is a strong reminder of how precious life is and that it is worth supporting.

            As I was having serious contemplations of thinking that I was totally not the right person for this task, I heard a homily by Fr. Joe.  His message focused on being bold in your faith and speaking up for what you know is right.  God calls us to stand up for what is right and do what we can.  Fr. Joe also mentioned the importance of delivering your message in a loving way so that it might be accepted and received.  We cannot come up with the words on our own but through prayer, God can help us find the words and ways we need to deliver our message effectively.  After hearing this homily, I felt the nudge that this may be my time to stop being a silent bystander and work towards being an active voice.

            In Proverbs 31:8, the Bible says “Open your mouth for the speechless. In the cause of all who are appointed to die.”  So here I am sharing my voice on the sacredness of life.  I will be participating in the Life Chain on October 2.  Life chain is one hour long.  It is an opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless without saying a word.  Life chain is an hour of silent prayerful witness…praying for all babies, the born and unborn, for all mothers, for expectant moms, for those that are thinking about abortion and for those suffering emotional scars of abortion. It is a visible witness and reminder of God’s miracle of life.  If it would cause even one person to have a second thought about the sacredness of life, it would be worth it.  I invite you to join the Life Chain and be a voice for the voiceless.