How to Engage the Pro-life Message in the Workplace
By Omar Aguilar
Remember the last time you disagreed with a colleague at the office but couldn’t say anything? Maybe the topic was too controversial, or maybe you didn’t know what to say, or you just couldn’t find the right words. Today more than ever, we will need to take a stand and speak up, to be the voice of the voiceless, but why?
Today, June 24, 2022, on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Supreme Court of the nation has reverted Roe v. Wade! After forty-nine years of the silent genocide of millions of babies and thousands of women and men hurting from the effects of abortion, we have finally seen the end of this unjust law.
This can only mean that the pro-life conversation is going to increase everywhere, but when it comes to the “pro-life conversation” most people run away faster than a F1 car down Eau Rouge-Raidillon at Spa! For the average person, this is a hard topic — too radical some say — but this is because for the most part, we only hear one side of the story. The pro-abortion movement has dominated pretty much all avenues in which we can participate. But there is still this one place where we can make a positive impact…the workplace.
And woe to me if I don’t preach it, (1 Cor 9,16). St Paul’s message to the Corinthians still echoes today and still invite us to carry on and preach it — easier said than done but nonetheless it is possible.
What to do or say when it comes to speaking up against the genocide of abortion on demand?
What do we say to those who, for whatever reason, not only believe this is okay, but fervently promote it and defend it?
St Paul learnt early on in his conversion the responsibility to be a voice for the “Good News.” He was given a particular mission and a particular set of skills to accomplish this mission. We, the men and women of the XXI century, are in the same position — woe if I don’t preach it. But where do we start? First, we need to recognize the pro-life mission is greater than a single issue. Yes, abortion is the ultimate crime, but it’s not the only one. To be truly a pro-life person requires a personal commitment to honor every life, to honor every person, to love and respect one another, even those who don’t agree with you.
With this decision by the Supreme Court, we are going to see a lot of despair, lots of anger and even hate. We cannot fight back the same way. If we are to express our opinion about abortion, euthanasia, pornography, or any other topic, we should keep in mind our commitment to honor all life, for these issues deeply affect human dignity. These issues all, at the core, are an attack to what a person is. Once we see this, we can speak up but never insult or offend. We want everyone to see themselves for what they truly are, a gift from God.
This approach can really help us open these hard conversations at work. Because when we know we are not coming from a place of hate or bitterness, we can then communicate our message better. When we know that every life matters, that every human being has a unique dignity given by God, then we cannot remain silent about it. Indeed, woe to me if I don’t preach it at the cooler break or the Friday after work at happy hour.
Today we begin the long process of healing and changing the culture. Today more than ever, our voices need to be heard. Let’s give thanks to the Lord for this is the day he has given us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus… I trust in you!!
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