Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lila Rose and the Crusade for Life

What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?

If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?

So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

But some one will say, "You have faith and I have works."

Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

 – James 2:14-18

Lila Rose
Last night I found myself praying for Lila Rose. She is the founder of Live Action which has so effectively targeted Planned Parenthood's abortion clinics.

Lila has come under attack – not just from the supporters of abortion, but also from those who are in support of Life. Why? Because her organization has used "sting" tactics to target PP.

The big controversy in the Catholic media is whether it is a sin to use lies as a way to reveal the truth about Planned Parenthood.

I have to confess to being one of those that found this type of sting tactic distasteful. And I have to be honest and say that if it wasn't for the fact that Live Action has been effective in exposing PP that I could easily dismiss her group as an immature and amateurish lot.

But consider the fruits of her work. Didn't Jesus say that "you will know them by their fruits"? Planned Parenthood is writhing in pain like a great and wounded dragon. It is bellowing smoke and fire, as its supporters rush in to save the wounded monster.
"You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit."
 – Matthew 7:16-18
And as you are reading this, you can be sure that the pro-abortion forces are plotting the demise of Lila Rose. They are looking through every detail of her past life searching for a chink in her armor, because a large part of the success of Live Action is Lila Rose herself.

She is a young, beautiful and articulate woman. She should be wholeheartedly embracing the promiscuous lifestyle afforded by the contraceptive culture. In the eyes of her enemies, there is something wrong with her. Why hasn't she been seduced by the earthly temptations of pleasure, wealth and success that have been offered to her, like most of the previous generation?

So I'm praying for Lila Rose. She has found a way to bring to national attention the fact that Planned Parenthood clinics performs more than 300,000 of the one million abortions in the United States annually. A fact which had been previously hidden from public scrutiny.

It is when we are successful that we are most subject to temptation. The times when we are desperate and downcast are usually the times that we turn to help from God.

Lila will find herself in these days being presented with many opportunities. There will also be financial rewards offered to her and I pray that God will help her to discern and choose what is best.

As Christians, let's not be Pharisees and look only at the letter of the law. Let us look instead to God and try to understand his Divine Plan.

Was it right for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath? Were Joseph and Mary correct in concealing the true nature of their Son's birth?

Let's support this Children's Crusade. Lila's generation are the survivors of the contraceptive culture. They have a personal stake in this fight. Their unborn brothers and sisters are the victims of this war.

I leave you with an interview of Lila Rose from "One Billion Stories" about her conversion to Catholicism.

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