Mother and Son
Every Monday I look for something that starts my weekdays in an affirming frame of mind. Today I found something especially affirming.
It is no secret here that I am pro-life. What is not so well-known is that I am very much in the minority regarding capital punishment, which I oppose, and I'm also anti-war.
Oh, I understand that war can be and often is justifiable. The Just War Theory is a doctrine of military ethics or Roman philosophical and Catholic origin studied by moral theologians, ethicists, and international policy makers, which holds that a violent conflict ought to meet philosophical, religious or political criteria.
From Cicero (106 BC–43 BC), Ambrose (337/340–397), St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430), St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) to the more modern examinations of John Locke (1632–1704), Paul Tillich (1886–1965), Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), Ron Paul (1935–) and countless others in between down through the centuries - I find myself in good company though I, in no way, compare myself to their depth of thought. I simply am a follower, a disciple, if you will, of the philosophy of doing no harm.
But, for the sake of today, my thoughtful Morning with Mary day, has given me a gift, an historical source for my spiritual and moral opposition to abortion. I found the beginning of my trail of breadcrumbs in the Cathechism of the Catholic Church #2271 (74). A click on footnote 74 of this section, lead me to Didache 2:2. My next question was "What is Didache"? A Google search lead me to Paraclete Press and this book.
Oh what a world opened up to me. I had been lead to a preserved early handbook of an anonymous Christian Community likely written (in the first century) before many of the New Testament books. And there in Didache 2:2, is perhaps the earliest Christian statement of the value of human life. It reads, in part:
Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not corrupt boys; do not have illicit sex . . . you shall not murder a child, whether it be born or unborn . . .
As I read this, I felt a thread of oneness extending from myself on back through the centuries to these unknown people who developed a document that enshrined their way of living based on the teachings of Christ. Long before the Bible was written down preserving Christ's teachings, we had The Didache laying out a Christian way of life. Mary, I am sure, is looking down with great love upon her children.