It is no coincidence that the announcement of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs Wade was released on the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. God has given our country another opportunity to repent of the crime of killing unborn children. The enormity of this crime is staggering; over 62 million children have been put to death in the US alone since Roe vs Wade was declared a “constitutional” right in 1973. Up until June 24th, the US was one of six countries in the world that permitted abortion from conception to the moment of birth, putting us in a league with countries such as China and North Korea. Abortion has been destroying the moral and spiritual fabric of our country. As St. Theresa of Calcutta stated “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
There are several insights we can draw from the timing of this announcement. First of all, this is Jesus Christ offering to us the grace of His 6th promise to St. Margaret Mary. “Sinner will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy”. The Sacred Heart of Jesus desires all who have participated in the sin of abortion to turn to His mercy for forgiveness and healing. Given how adamant some people are in their belief that abortion is a “right” and a woman’s “choice”, it is easy to criticize and condemn them, forgetting that God desires their repentance and salvation. The Sacred Heart is reminding us to stand firm on the truth of the Gospel of Life, in a spirit of love.
Secondly, this is a spiritual battle. We are at war with the enemy of our souls and need to persevere in prayer, service, and sacrifice to uproot the spiritual devastation abortion has caused. While the efforts to fight pro-abortion legislation, and ultimately make abortion not only illegal but unthinkable, are important, the battleground is the hearts and minds of individual people. Through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is the Holy Spirit who will guide us in the words and actions we need to turn hearts to Life, and defeat the efforts of our enemy to ensnare them in the chains of death.
Finally, this is a fulfillment of God’s promise to us in Galatians 6:9 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Literally, millions of people have prayed, sacrificed, and witnessed to see Roe vs Wade overturned. This prayer has been answered, and we need to continue our efforts to see a complete restoration of our country embracing God’s gift of life. The Sacred Heart of Jesus has given our country an undeserved grace to repent and believe in the Gospel. Pray that we will see that God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance (Rms 2:4).
From this point forward the Roe Vs. Wade overturned decision will always fall on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24th. The last time Easter fell on April 17 was in 1960, well before Roe vs Wade so that allow the two feast days to overlap as they did this year. St. John was the voice crying out in the desert to prepare our hearts for the Messiah. As a child, St. John the Baptist leaped in his mother’s womb when Mary approached Elizabeth. May we be like the voice crying out in the desert for souls to return to the Heart of Jesus and make their home in His Heart.
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be your refuge.
Be at peace, My child. See, you are not alone. My Heart watches over you. Jesus filled me with strength concerning a certain person. I feel strength within my soul ( St. Faustina ‘s Diary, 799).