Friday, October 9, 2009

In Lieu of a TED Talk: Mother Teresa

Since the Nobel Prize Committee has seen fit to award President Obama its Peace Prize (see Ann Althouse on why he was not awarded the Prize for Literature), I am foregoing the usual Friday TED Talk at this site to bring you these words from one of the previous Nobel Laureates (1979): Mother Teresa. What she said in accepting the Prize then could not be more apt a reproach today, both to the Committee and to its Prize recipient (H/T: Pat Dague, at Transfigurations):

"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love - that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. " ...Mother Teresa


  1. Now there is someone who exemplifies the spirit of peace.... thank you.

  2. She is completely right that abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace. And sadly, the body count is far greater than all the wars that our country has fought and even greater than all the terrorist attacks combined, including 9/11. I am probably one of the few Obama supporters to post here, but I hate his position on abortion. I hang on as a supporter because I favor other things that he does and I think that he has the intelligence to do us some good, and I hope that I can (in some small way) get him to reconsider his approval for this legalized murder.