Building the culture of life

Column: Are you fulfilling the role God has chosen for you?

Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: or call him at (913) 647-0350.

Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: or call him at (913) 647-0350.

by Ron Kelsey

What does God expect from you?

This is a question each of us should ask ourselves regarding the battle against the killing of innocent, unborn human beings.

Abortion is one of the greatest evils the world has known and it has reached almost incomprehensible proportions: In the United States, nearly 60 million children have been aborted since Roe v. Wade; and in the world, over one billion.

This evil is so enormous that no one can morally ignore it. We are compelled by conscience to act. I believe that God brought each of us into this time in human history expecting each of us to do what our state in life affords to help bring about an end to this great scourge. What does God expect from you?

While we know that God has won the final victory, the timing of other victories in this epic battle are dependent upon us making ourselves available to God.

God chooses to use us as instruments in building a culture of life — not out of necessity, but, rather, out of love. But God does not force us into this battle. We must choose to make ourselves available to God, and the pace and magnitude of interim victories are influenced by the roles that you choose or decline.

Amazingly, when we choose to get involved, we are privileged to take on the awesome role of co-redeemer, which Jesus offers to us when we engage in this battle. What does God expect from you?

Does anyone doubt that abortion would end quickly in the United States if all Christians were united in will toward protecting unborn babies? Yet because we have failed to come together sufficiently, God, respecting our free will, must wait patiently for us, for you, to fulfill the roles that he has called each of us to.

And very sadly, during this time of waiting, many more lives of unborn babies are sacrificed — such a tremendous cost to our delayed involvement. What does God expect from you?

Do not underestimate the impact that you can have in this battle. Our Blessed Mother takes our meager efforts, perfects them and presents them to her Son who multiplies our small efforts in many ways, which are not necessarily visible to us, such that they become significant.

Jesus merely expects us to trust him, and he rewards us in infinite ways when we do so. And many more victories will occur in this battle when we choose to allow God to use us as he sees fit. Our most important step is to tell God that we are available. In prayer, he will show you how he wants to use you.

What does God expect from you? God is calling you.

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