March 7, 2014

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Pray, step out of your comfort zone to be light of the world to all people

The article in the Feb. 14 issue of The Criterion about Marianne Anderson, the former local Planned Parenthood nurse sharing her story about walking away from working at the abortion clinic, was very powerful.

I was especially impacted by her last statement: “The journey to abortion happens long before the girls show up at Planned Parenthood. These young girls who are 13,14 years old—they’re looking for love and acceptance. By the time they get to Planned Parenthood, they’ve been through some awful stuff . … There’s something wrong with the family that this is happening, these single-parent families, these dads in prison. The journey to prevent this starts way before they get to the door of any abortion center.”

So where do we start? We are supposed to be the “light of the world” and “not hide it under a bushel basket.” It seems too big to wrap our minds around, but if we all: (#1) pray over it, and (#2) step out of our comfort zone and search for a way to get involved with the families of the uneducated, the ignored and the deprived, we might be able to make a difference.

We just have to be attentive to “the call,” and hopefully respond in our own way as best we can—before these girls get to the door of the clinic.

- Mary Ann Seufert | Indianapolis

Community, people of faith are at the heart of story about young man returning to the Church, reader says

Just beautiful! Perfect!

The story of Michael Walterman’s return to the Church in the Feb. 28 issue of The Criterion, in its honesty and simplicity, touches the very core of what it means to be a community and to belong to a people of faith. 

It is perhaps the most relevant story I’ve read, ever, in The Criterion.

- Julie Mundell | Indianapolis

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