Almost a half century ago a young Nun in the North facing a serious operation made a vow that if he allowed her to walk after said operation she would go south and found a monastery there.
Mother Angelica kept that vow and from her Monastery eventually came EWTN the worldwide Catholic network based in the Birmingham suburb Irondale that has done more to catechize Catholics in the faith as it is rather than as the world, the media and some in the church have tried to portray (or remake it) than any other force in the world in general and in the United States in particular.
The fresh crop of faithful priests and religious who actually follow and believe the faith that are slowly replacing the dying Vatican two have their foundation in EWTN and those it has influenced.
Mother Angelica died 3 years ago on Easter Sunday 2016 and many who opposed her over the years likely figured that once she was finally gone her influence would finally begin to wane.
The Alabama State Senate passed a near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote on Tuesday night. The legislation provides no exceptions for rape or incest. The bill is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
The bill now heads to Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican. If she signs it, the bill will become law. Up until Tuesday she has withheld public comment on the legislation.
The legislation — House Bill 314, “Human Life Protection Act” — bans all abortions in the state except when “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk” to the woman, according to the bill’s text. It criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions will be reclassified as a Class C penalty.
No ambiguity, no weasel words, this bill treats abortion as the murder of children that it is and prescribes penalties to doctors who kill them consummate to the slaughter that they are performing
Ed Morrissey calls it “provocation”
For some, this looks as though Alabama legislators made the bill as provocative as possible. Terri Collins, who sponsored this bill in the lower chamber, says this bill sets the fight on the correct principle. If human life begins at conception, she argued, then fetal heartbeat bills are no better than first-trimester limitations. If the baby in the womb is human at all stages, then the law must protect human beings at all stages. An incremental approach surrenders the point :
I’ll let others debate if this is a smart political move or will help or hurt attempts to overturn Roe, for me I want to concentrate on the principle above.
This principle is prolife 101. A child is a child and we aren’t going to equivocate on humanity or the penalties for the premeditated murder of an innocent child.
In other words it’s taking the position that Mother Angelica has argued and advanced from day one and spent decades proclaiming as part of the word of God and the message of Christ.
I’m sure that very few people will see any connection between Mother Angelica and this vote taking place in Alabama, rather than any other red state in the bible belt or any other place where the GOP has a majority and I have no problem with anyone who wants to say that this is just coincidence and that I’m reading too much into it, you certainly have the right to your opinion.
But I submit it didn’t take place elsewhere, it took place in Alabama under 150 miles from the crypt where the body of Mother Angelica lies and frankly it’s in keeping with the historical MO of God over the centuries.
I submit and suggest hearts and minds are changing and not just in Alabama and I further submit and suggest that it is the fact that this is taking place that has caused the anti-catholic anti-christian (dare I say “christophobic” ) left to get angrier. They’re not the only angry ones either. There are souls at stake here and the other side, and I’m not doesn’t want to lose them.
I believe the next “great awakening” is coming both to America and the world and I believe great Saints both canonized like John Paul II and uncanonized like Mother Angelica will have a huge part in it.
I don’t know if I’ll live long enough to see all of it but the signs are there and it’s glorious to behold