"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Ugly 'Christmas Starts With Christ' poster turns into pro-life promo.
I'm sorry, but I think this poster is so cold and ugly. I get the message - but it's ugly: for Christmas and for pro-life purposes.
The poster is part of a 'put Christ back in Christmas' campaign in the UK, but the image is obviously being promoted elsewhere as a pro-life image as well. People are free to do as they wish of course, I just don't like it - it looks like a bad Easter Seal stamp to me. I know a lot of Catholics think it is an effective image. Perhaps for them. For me, the most effective pro-life images I have ever seen were photos of the remains of aborted babies at various stages of development, laid out on a towel. Unfortunately, many people feel such images are offensive and much too disturbing.
Anyway, a good alternative image to the ultra-sound facsimile? An icon of Our Lady of the Sign - the image says it all and so much more. It is pure and modest and holy, and represents sound theology and devotion. That said - regular ultra-sound images of any baby in the womb ought to be enough to convince people that life begins at conception.
Ultra-sound image source.
Icon: Our Lady of the Sign