An Open Letter to Risa Hontiveros

The Pastoral Letter can be found here.

Risa Hontiveros’ letter can be found here.

Madame,

You begin with a reference to the numerous points in the  Bishops’ letter and the claim, “Most of them are old points that have been raised and clarified repeatedly in so many debates and too few dialogues in the past decade, though it drives me almost to tears that it seems the good Bishops have not been listening intently or understanding with empathy.” Madame, the Bishops do indeed, throughout the course of their entire letter, address points that have been raised and clarified repeatedly, not merely in the past decade, but for as many centuries as Mother Church has stood, her leaders – their authority passed down in a direct line from Christ and the Twelve Apostles – protected by the Spirit with regards to the dogma of our faith, having not once, ever, in all these centuries, wavered in its defense of the dignity of human life. It is a miracle, a witness, and a gift of Love Himself, that these good Bishops and all who have come before them, have not tired and given up on humanity with its seeming determination to undermine and ultimately destroy this innate dignity given to us by our Creator.

I speak to you, woman to woman, with the respect that you choose to believe you do not receive from these good men of God.

It is true, “You do not have a soul. You are a soul; you have a body.” This, I believe we agree on. But neither your body nor your soul was given to you without an ultimate purpose by which alone you will be fulfilled. You claim to have the right to responsibly and joyfully make decisions about your body, decisions that no one else can or should make for you. I also believe this to be true; but only insofar as those decisions do not defy the Will of the One Who gave you free will. Yes, your free will is a gift, and it can be misused; just because you have it does not mean there is no distinction between good and evil; just because you have it does not mean that there are no consequences (or rewards) to your choices… And just because you have free will does not mean you cannot discern or adhere to the Will of God.

The Bishops – the Church – march for Life; Life from natural conception to natural death; they march for Life that has its difficulties, that is not founded on instant gratification or convenience, that requires us to die to ourselves and be born again in Love; they march for the Life that it would appear you do not yet have the courage to stand for.

Madame, God does not punish us; we punish ourselves. We suffer on this earth because we allow things to come between us and heaven, often even deliberately and consciously hammering these things into place with our own hands. If your sisters do not have the chance to enjoy the fullness of life, from birth and girlhood to the childbearing years to menopause or climacterium and then death, it is due to the sin of men, not the neglect or unthinkingness or injustice of God. Perhaps your sisters do not have this chance at Life because they were never allowed by man to exist at all.

Respectfully yours,
Aisa

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16 comments

  1. thanks for sharing your response to the reply or Ms. Risa Hontiveros to the Pastoral Letter of our Bishops. Join us in praying that goodness will triumph! We must not let ourselves be deceived by false contents of the reproductive health bill… life should be given respect at all times… uphold life, for it’s God’s precious gift to us, from the very moment of conception ’til its final end…

    God bless you! May there be more young people like you who will speak up boldly to defend life!

  2. Kudos on this letter… A brave and articulated woman, certainly you are :D

  3. Well said! You clearly have the courage that Hontiveros-Baraquiel only pretends to have. She is backed by foreign “aid” dollars while you are backed by God and His faithful people. Thank you for standing up to the tyranny being imposed on us by this coercive RH/Abortion bill.

  4. Let´s have more of this kind of letter. And let´s pray the women concerned have not reached the invincibly erroneous conscience. We should never fail to pray even as we try to sort out things as rationally as possible.

  5. A humble yet straight to the point rebuttal of a woman of God to a woman lost but needs to be helped nevertheless.We pray for more like you.No cowards in Heaven.

  6. very well said. thanks for being a responsible and God-fearing woman. we hope more women like risa hontiveros will be enligthened by this letter. let us be united in fighting against this coercive and maligning RH Bill.

  7. […] The Pastoral Letter can be found here. Risa Hontiveros' letter can be found here. Madame, You begin with a reference to the numerous points in the  Bishops' letter and the claim, "Most of them are old points that have been raised and clarified repeatedly in so many debates and too few dialogues in the past decade, though it drives me almost to tears that it seems the good Bishops have not been listening intently or understanding with empathy." Ma … Read More […]

  8. Our conscience must not only be educated, it mus be formed as well. We have to pray earnestly that our legislators will be enlightened that they cannot curtail God’s law regarding the formation of life. We ask them to pass not short-sighted and instant solutions but solutions that would be lasting and having in sight the eternal plan of God for all of us.

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