JANUARY 20th, 2019
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Everyone serves the good wine first…but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Why I Left Planned Parenthood
I decided to add a bonus Lighthouse CD this month because of its relevance to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal throughout the entire United States. This week’s CD is Why I Left Planned Parenthood by Abby Johnson.
Abby Johnson used to run a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas until she experienced a dramatic conversion on the understanding of human life in the womb. She shares an insider’s perspective about the true motivations of the abortion industry, and her courageous journey away from it and towards life.
In this CD, Abby gives her personal testimony and also gives many helpful thoughts about why it is so important to be pro-life. Her story is a testament to God’s grace and mercy, and the joy that comes from being an advocate for life.
If it would be easier for you to listen to this (or any other Lighthouse CD talk) as an MP3, rather than on CD, please talk to me.
There is also a new movie being made about Abby Johnson’s story, called Unplanned, which will be released in March of this year. As it turns out, there is a very powerful story connected with the lead actress in the movie, Ashley Bratcher.
Ashley got the part to play Abby in the movie, and it wasn’t until she was on the set getting ready to film the movie when she talked to her mom about having the role. Suddenly her mom began to cry and explained to Ashley that she herself was in an abortion clinic preparing to abort her (Ashley), when she decided she couldn’t go through with it. And so, the actor playing Abby Johnson in this movie is herself only alive today because her mom left the abortion clinic and didn’t abort her.
(You can watch Ashley explain this powerful moment between she and her mom in an interview she did on Fox News. Just do an online search for “Ashley Bratcher Fox interview”, and the video should pop up.)
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke