The scriptures say in Job 33:4
"The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of
the Almighty gives me life." And in Romans 8:2
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of
death." At the same time, the life, which the
Holy Spirit gives, is being attacked and destroyed
by abortion. In the United States alone, some 4000
children are legally killed each day by this
For a people filled with the
Spirit, this is a tragedy that cannot possibly be
ignored. Nor can we doubt for a moment that the
Spirit who gives life will also give us all we need
to defend it.
No new gospel
The Holy Spirit is God, and
all He does and speaks to us is consistent with what
God the Father and God the Son have done and spoken.
"He will not speak on his own, but will speak
only what he hears…because he will have received
from me what he will announce to you" (Jn. 16:13-14)
"The Holy Spirit…will…remind you of all that I told
you" (Jn.14:26). No disciple can claim the
"freedom of the Spirit" to contradict the
commandments, including that which forbids the
killing of the innocent.
The creation account in
Genesis 1 tells us that "a mighty wind," the
"breath" or "spirit" of God hovered over the waters
and brought life and light out of chaos and
darkness. The Holy Spirit is proclaimed in the
Scripture to be "the Spirit of Life," and this is
true both on a natural and supernatural level. To
worship the Holy Spirit, then, demands that we stand
against all that destroys life.
On the first Easter night,
Jesus breathes His Spirit upon the apostles
(Jn.20:22), that they too might bring new life out
of the chaos and darkness of sin. A second Creation
account is taking place here. The same Spirit who
causes sin to flee will cause death to flee as well.
"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead
dwells in you, then he who raised Christ from the
dead will bring your mortal bodies to life also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you" (Rom.8:11).
The Spirit of Truth
The Holy Spirit is called the
Spirit of Truth (see Jn.15:26), and His gifts enable
us to understand created realities, their value, and
their relationship to the Creator and to our own
happiness. We can therefore ask the Holy Spirit to
give us an understanding of the value of the human
person. The Spirit enables us to cry out, "Abba!
Father!" "The Spirit himself gives witness with our
spirit that we are children of God" (Rom.8:16).
Abortion, on the other hand, sees the human person
as a disposable object.
The Spirit of Truth likewise
shows us the truth about our sins (see Jn.16:8). In
Him we come to understand the difference between
good and evil. This works directly against the
dynamics of the abortion movement, which identifies
a moral evil as a "right." "Woe to those who call
evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into
light, and light into darkness, who change bitter
into sweet, and sweet into bitter!" (Is.5:20).
Devotion to the Holy Spirit is a key element in
praying for the conversion of mind and heart
necessary for those who defend and perform
The Apostle John declares, "If
anyone should sin, we have, in the presence of the
Father, Jesus Christ, an intercessor who is just"
(1Jn.2:1). Our Lord referred to the Holy Spirit as
another advocate (Jn.14:16), and the Apostle
Paul writes that he "makes intercession for us"
(Rom.8:26). Because we cannot save ourselves, we
need an advocate to speak up on our behalf and plead
for our forgiveness and salvation. We know we have
What, then, does the Holy
Spirit do to his people when he comes to them? He
makes them advocates! He gives speech to the
tongue, not only that we may tell who God is, but
that we may defend those among us who need
advocates. The Pentecost Sequence invokes the Spirit
as "Father of the Poor." Just as the Messiah will
defend the poor and helpless (see Is.11), so do the
people of the Messiah, filled with his Spirit.
Spirit of Love
Jesus Christ made the
sacrifice of Himself "through the eternal spirit"
(Heb.9:14). It is in the Holy Spirit that we too
have the power to love, which consists in giving
ourselves away for the good of the other. "There is
no greater love than this: to lay down one's life
for one's friends" (Jn. 15:13, see also 1Jn.3:16).
Such is to be our response to the unborn.
The Spirit Himself is the bond
of love between the Father and the Son. He unites
the human family, whereas abortion divides it.
The same Holy Spirit who
created the universe, descended upon the womb of
Mary, came as tongues of fire at Pentecost, and
leads the Church on her mission, is the one who
calls and equips us for our pro-life work. Let us
not lack for a moment the confidence and the joy
which come from Him, and which impel us to build a
Culture of Life.