Why are you so passionate about what you do? This was the unexpected but precious and personal question put to me by a young adult female jogger on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She had approached me, as do so many others, while I was doing my usual, daily protest with my signs to counter the ‘Culture of Death’ so prevalent in our selfish, self-centered and sex-obsessed society of today.
My mission is to save the unborn babies from the horror of ‘aborterrorism’ (cf: www.aborterrorism.ca ) and save the pregnant mothers from the dreadful consequences of having an abortion. As a Christian I also have a great desire to inform those women who have had an abortion and who regret it, that there is a ‘merciful and loving’ God who is waiting and ready to offer them His forgiveness.
“The Fierce Battle Between The ‘Culture of Death’ and ‘The Culture of Life”
Every day I am there on Parliament Hill, at the ‘Centennial Flame’ to confront the ‘Culture of Death’ with the ‘Culture of Life’. John 10:10 describes this fierce battle we are presently in extremely well;
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)
So this is my reason for being there with my signs which read and show “How Abortion KILLS Babies”…..”The PILL KILLS Babies”. Just from the reactions I get from the onlookers I know that I am awakening a lot of consciences and get to answer a lot of questions.
I welcomed the question and answered ‘Pam’ with a short but concise explanation. It was a brief answer compared to what I will now give, after much thought and reflection.
My answer is summarized in the word ‘Love’, that is to say love for ‘God’ and love of ‘neighbour’. It is well described in Mark 12: 29-31:
29 And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God.30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment.31 And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
As we can see from Mark 12:29-31 to love God and my neighbour is what God desires of us while we journey on this earth. When a person truly loves God and neighbour, his/her actions, style of living and decisions, etc in life are going to be ‘life-giving’, they will promote a ‘Culture of Life’.
“How My Pro-Life Worldview Developed”
But how and when did this worldview develop in me? It all began I firmly believe from the moment I was created in my mother’s womb some sixty-seven years ago. From the moment of my conception I was deeply loved.
A beautiful example of ‘being loved from the ‘moment of conception’ is the recent story of “Celeste Chineye Ndolo” who died 3 hours after her birth. Celeste was loved completely, totally, and for the entire 22 weeks and 3 hours of her life.” This is a ‘must read’ to understand the awesome lovethat parents have for their children. It was reported in www.lifesitenews.ca . as “Meet Celeste:born at 22 weeks, she survived 3 hours, but her life changed the world.” (cf: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/meet-celeste-born-at-22-weeks-she-only-lived-3-hours-but-her-life-changed-t )
When my dad’s sperm entered my mother’s egg and my life began. Science confirms this as fact. (cf: http://www.prolifephysicians.org/lifebegins.htm ) I realize today how special my creation was. In Genesis 1:27 God’s Word says:
“And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.”
It is absolutely awesome to realize that each human being is created in the ‘image of God’. (cf: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/cti_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20040723_communion-stewardship_en.html
Out of their great love for one another, mom and dad co-operated with God in my being ‘created’ in the image and likeness of God!
My three brothers and I were blessed with precious parents, who so cared for us and loved us equally and gave us the example of living a Godly life as taught to us by our Catholic faith. This was another big factor in my life, the education and influence that the Catholic faith had in ‘forming’ in me a good, life-giving, loving, moral conscience. Our parents knew well their responsibility to us in this area of our lives. I also vividly remember how as family we would gather together after supper to pray the Rosary.
One of Mom’s favourite sayings was: “God is so good.” As I look back in my life these words of Mom had a profound impact in my view of God. I saw God as a God who gives, and gives and gives! He is a God who never stops giving.
The first ‘gift’ that God bestowed on me is the ‘gift of life’, to be born into this world. The next gift was ‘ the awesome love ‘ I received from both my parents, especially my mother. And the greatest gift was when ‘I was baptized ‘ and became a ‘child of God’. As I grew up I understood more and more God’s awesome love for all mankind in His son Jesus Christ:
In John 3:16 we learn:
16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
John 3:16 is the bible verse which ‘epitomizes’ God’s love for each one of us. God the Father ‘gave’ His only son so we may not perish in Hell, but have ‘eternal life’ in Heaven with Him. Sadly though many do not wish to receive God’s offer of his Son to grant us eternal life. (cf http://striveforheavennow.ca/perfect-love )
I return to the gift of my parents. As I grew up I witnessed as a child the joy and selfless dedication Mom and Dad had for their four boys. Dad belonged to many organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Separate School Board and was Justice of the Peace. He was steadily serving his community. Like Mom, Dad was very altruistic. He was constantly giving of himself for others. He especially had a passion to defend the ‘underdog’.
Mom made our home into a ‘haven of love’ with a wonderful family atmosphere. The precious memories I have of those times in the ‘family context’. Mom’s love for her children had no limits. I remember this story, amongst many, so well.
When my younger brother John had critically injured his kidneys in a bicycle accident, the doctors informed Mom and Dad that John’s life was ‘hanging in the balance’. Mom being the woman of faith that she was immediately went to church and at Mass made a very serious prayer. She asked God to heal her son, even to the point of offering her life in exchange. When mom returned to the hospital, it was to discover that her son’s life was out of danger and on the mend. The love of a mother! (cf: http://striveforheavennow.ca/leona-bruneau-deschenes )
So, as a child I was raised in the beautiful atmosphere of a life of ‘giving’ of oneself for others. Through observing my parents lives I witnessed what ‘giving’ was all about. Today we witness this ‘giving’ so much less. It is more a ‘me, myself and I’ attitude that the secular world of today is exhibiting. It is so obvious in the ‘Culture of Death’. “My body, my choice” is a well known mantra within the “Culture of Death”.
This lifestyle I had witnessed in my parents was solidified and clearly understood after I became a ‘Christian’. It happened after I had acknowledged that I was a ‘sinner’ in need of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. This took place within the context of a Miracle Service of Kathryn Kuhlman in 1975. It was there and then that I came into a ‘personal relationship’ with Jesus Christ, and my life has never been the same since.
Immediately I was blessed with a great hunger to read and understand God’s Holy Word, the Bible. The teachings of the Catholic Church and the Bible have become my ‘moral compass. It is with this that I discern good and evil.
I have spoken of my parents love and now I wish to share more about God’s awesome love for us all. In 1979 at a men’s retreat, I received the ‘Baptism of the Holy Spirit’. This was a special encounter with God’s Holy Spirit, in like fashion as that experienced by Mary and the Apostles and disciples on the day of Pentecost. See the following link for a good scriptural explanation of Pentecost. ( http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2bvm52.htm
Thus I entered into a much closer walk with God. In my ‘Baptism of the Holy Spirit’ I encountered God’s love in a much deeper way. In Romans 5:5:
” And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.”
After my ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’ my love for God and my brothers and sisters took a great surge! I began to be much more tuned-in to God’s voice and doing God’s will.
In 1989, God took me to another level in my faith-walk. In answer to prayer, I went to Medjugorje, Bosnia, where the Virgin Mary has been appearing since 1981.
Why did I choose to go there? I wanted to ‘encounter’ ‘Mary’ the Mother of God, as I had encountered her son, Jesus Christ. I did meet ‘Mother Mary’ in Medjugorje during my three days there and Mary, true to her Mission, took me to Jesus in the ‘Holy Eucharist’. ( cf: http://striveforheavennow.ca/holy-eucharist-2 )
To read my testimony of my trip to Medjugorje and my encounter with Mother Mary, go to http://striveforheavennow.ca/to-jesus-through-mary-2 .
Ever since my encounter with Mother Mary, I attend Mass every day and receive God’s Love for me in His ‘Body and Blood’ when I receive Holy Communion. I also spend considerable quality time with Jesus exposed in the ‘Blessed Sacrament’. He speaks to me, He inspires me and He loves me. He is steadily changing my heart more and more like unto His loving heart.
By reading the lives of the saints, such as ‘Saint John of the Cross’, ‘Saint Maximilian Kolbe’, and Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, I have discovered an amazing treasure. It is the knowledge that Mary, Mother of God and the Holy Spirit are so intimately united and that the closer we get to Mary, the more we are being filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit and His awesome Love. (cf: http://wordincarnate.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/mary-brings-the-holy-spirit ) also (cf: http://www.marytruth.ca/MarySpouseHolySpirit.htm )
Emmanuel J. Sullivan, O.C.D., explains how Mary is our greatest “help” on our journey to union with God. He states in the ‘Conclusion’:
“For John (Saint John of the Cross), Mary is our greatest help on our journey to union with God. Not only do we belong especially to her; John is deeply and constantly aware that she belongs especially to us.
“Mary helps us to see that it is with and by God’s own love that we are to love Him who loves us so much.
“For me, John’s motto “Love is repaid only by love” gives us his entire message. According to our saint, we only truly love God when we love Him as He loves us and it is by the Holy Spirit that He loves us, and it is by the same Holy Spirit that we must love Him.
“Our goal in life is the same as Mary’s, to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, that we,like Mary, may love God as we are loved by God, and that we, like Mary, may love God with His own Holy Spirit.” (bold emphasis mine) (cf: http://www.icspublications.org/archives/others/cs6_10.html )
Therefore, let us consecrate ourselves to Mary and ask Mary to grant us the necessary ‘graces’ to be able to ‘open ourselves’ to the Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbour with God’s love.
I hope and pray that Pam will read my reflection. Thank you so much Pam for prompting me to answer your question. It is such an important one. Like Mary, after the Angel had appeared to her and she pondered the message of the Angel in her heart, I also did the same.
I have thus explained why I am so passionate about what I do to promote a ‘Culture of Life’ and bring God’s message of Love and Mercy to others. It was the love I received at the moment of my conception, and specially nurtured by my precious mother for nine months in her womb and afterwards as I grew up and God’s Love put in me by his Holy Spirit that has made me what I am.
But let me be clear… ‘this Love is a ‘Gift of God’. It all comes from God. And the great news is that there is ‘always more’ God’s Love and Mercy’ are without end!
It is a matter of ‘choice’ on our part. Jesus enabled it all by shedding his precious blood on the Cross for all sinners. You can this very minute, turn your life over to Jesus and Mary and begin the most wonderful journey of Love.
“15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [a]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” ( 1 John 4:15-16 )
Thank You, Father God,
Thank You, Lord Jesus,
Thank You, Holy Spirit and Mary,
Thank You Mom and Dad,
And thank you to everyone
Else who loved me,
Especially my precious wife.
I leave you with the words of my Mom to contemplate,
they are filled with love and wisdom.
“Time is precious,
It gives us time to love,
Time to have God’s preciousness.”
(Leona Bruneau-Deschenes, 2005)
Donald Andre Bruneau.
June 3, 2013.