A Christmas Carol for our times

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

He sought to tell the story of a miserly old man whose hatred of all things Christmas had reduced him to a shadow.

The writer chose to educate his disagreeable main character by having him encounter the ghosts of past, present, and future.

Much of the author’s prose centered on regret, with lines such as “No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse.”

A ghost informs the protagonist, “I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”

If Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol were to be revised for our times, Ebenezer’s greed and selfishness might have led him to be a participant in the culture of death—making his money from the misery of abortion, even coercing the love of his life to have one.

And this line from the classic work might have taken on new meaning, “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity missed.”

And so too would this one: “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”

Haunted by his past, burdened by his present, and fearful of his future, Scrooge might repent of his past involvement in abortion and dedicate himself to rebuilding a culture of life.

Healed of his desperation, he would recognize that, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

And he would come to understand that nothing is more worthy of protection and reverence than the life of a child and his mother.

May God indeed bless tiny Tim, and all other preborn babies, this Christmas.