The beauty the sacrifices of pro-lifers add to our world

By Dave Andrusko

These are awfully exciting days for pro-lifers. Short-term none will be more momentous than today when President Donald Trump announces his selection to fill the seat previously held by the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia. We talk about tonight’s 8:00 announcement elsewhere today.

When it comes to shaping public opinion we are keenly aware that grassroots pro-lifers all around this great nation are the most influential educators. You are the foundation upon which this great human rights Movement is built. Yet you do not get nearly the credit you deserve.

Last night as I was finishing up “’Coopxration’ and the Power of One”, I pulled up a video that I’ve shared with many people. It’s found at youtube.com and is titled, “The Invisible Woman.”

In the six-minute-long video taken from a speech at a women’s conference, Nicole Johnson gently reminds us of something that we know but often forget: that the contributions of mothers are so easily overlooked. Moms can become, in Mrs. Johnson’s word, “invisible.”

For our purposes as pro-lifers (and for me, as the writer of this blog), there are two primary applications. I get paid to do something that–were I able to–I’d do for free: work with members of the greatest movement for social justice of our time, using the skills that God gave me.

How blessed is that?!

But I am hardly “invisible.” A lot of people receive what I compose Monday through Saturday at National Right to Life News Today and many others run across it searching for information on abortion. That is on top of all those who read the National Right to Life News, which we publish digitally once a month. Pro-lifers write me every day to say overly kind things.

However I never, ever forget that what I do has whatever influence it has strictly and entirely because of you. National Right to Life News Today and National Right to Life News make a difference to the extent that they help equip you, grassroots pro-life America, to do the kind of out-of-the-spotlight work that is changing the culture of America.

And that, of course, applies not just to my small piece of the pie, but to all the departments at National Right to Life. Make no mistake, you are the engine that drives this Movement.

Mrs. Johnson’s other application to us as pro-lifers is her use of the imagery of a cathedral. She tells the story of a friend who had returned from a trip abroad and gave her a book about the great Cathedrals of Europe.

Mrs. Johnson said that in the days that followed she would “devour” the book. From it she drew “four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work.” They are,

  • No one can say who built the great cathedrals — we have no record of their names.
  • These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  • They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  • The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

Mrs. Johnson came to appreciate that she was building a strong, loving family–-a “Cathedral”-–that would not be finished in her lifetime. I will never forget what she said: “You can’t see right now what it will become.”

I find an exact parallel in you-–the people who make our Movement–-and what you are building.

Your day in and day out, year in and year out sacrifices are helping to erect a vibrant, ever-growing, and, in the end, unstoppable force for good—a pro-life “Cathedral,” if you will.

No right-to-lifer that I have met expected credit for his or her selflessness. You toil faithfully–-even though it is the nature of what you are building that right now, that you cannot see “what it will become”–-because laboring on behalf of unborn babies and their mothers is the right thing to do.

And whether you are publicly acclaimed–as you should be–or overlooked, what matters is that your life-affirming work is seen by the One who matters.

Let me end with the last paragraph of an excerpt from a small book Mrs. Johnson wrote, “The Invisible Woman.” Since our Movement is comprised largely of women, substituting “right-to-lifers” for “mothers” seems only right.

“As right-to-lifers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible right-to-lifers.”