Posted by: Deborah | July 2, 2013

“Stifle the mother…”

The title of this blog entry is from an article by Father Rutler, whom some may know from EWTN.  After I read his article I wanted to share it because it expressed so well the terrible darkness in the United States today.  Leaders in our government, as well as citizens who may be among our own families and friends, have believed the “father of lies”.  Please read:

Evil, be thou my good

By Father George Rutler

With my parents at a performance of Gounod’s Faust at the opera some years ago, when Marguerite went mad in Act V after killing her baby, my mother let out a gasp that embarrassed me, for we were in a box over stage left and conspicuous. Now I bless my mother because that maternal empathy is the heart of civilization. “A voice was heard in Ramah, Rachel weeping for her children” (Jeremiah 31:15). Stifle the mother, and you stifle the child, and the world dies. Our Lady, being a take-charge kind of woman, as was evident at the wedding in Cana, may have been a midwife often in Nazareth, weeping at the loss of infants as she surely did when the innocents were massacred in Bethlehem.

In the opera, the repentant Marguerite is taken by angels singing “Salvation!” But Faust, who bartered his soul to Mephistopheles before fathering Marguerite’s child, is bound to that Satan who, in the words of Milton, bids “Evil, be thou my good.” Anyone who calls evil good, moves discourse about infanticide to a very dark place.

On April 26, President Obama, the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, not only thanked that organization which aborts around 300,000 children a year, but added, “God bless you.” Evil, be thou my good.

On June 13, Nancy Pelosi said that the abortion issue is “sacred ground.” Evil, be thou my good.

On June 20, a New York Times Op-Ed contributor described the aborting of her 23-week-old son, who had a heart defect: “I felt my son’s budding life end as a doctor inserted a needle through my belly into his tiny heart. As horrible as that moment was — it will live with me forever — I am grateful. We made sure our son was not born only to suffer. He died in a warm and loving place, inside me.” Evil, be thou my good.

Our merciful Lord will hear the cry of those who make terrible mistakes, especially those who have not had the grace of being taught right from wrong. To them he offers real angels, and not singers on a stage. But he also predicted that “a time is coming when anyone who kills will think he is offering service to God” (John 16:2). Like Faust, such people ask God to bless destroyers of life, and call the killing fields “sacred ground,” and even describe the womb of a mother who kills her child as a “warm and loving place.”

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said that no one is safe around a mother who would kill her own child. Anyone who makes a Faustian bargain knows that even Christ is not safe around such a mother: “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). Satan calls evil good. Christ calls it crucifixion.

Please let us continue to pray for one another, for the Church in our country and all over the world to which we are sent as disciples of Christ.  Let us continue to strive to become the saints God has called us to be that His Light may shine through as as He shone through Mary and all His saints on this earth.  We have been baptized into His Truth and we have been given a work to do:  “Go, make disciples …”  By God’s grace, evil is overcome by good.  Let us expose the lies of satan at every opportunity we are given.  Our Lady is the Mother and Model for all of us.  Blessed John Paul II said that if we neglect His Mother we will not long after neglect her Son.  The evil one would like nothing better than to “stifle the Mother” , as he has succeeded in stifling so many mothers and so many children have died.


  1. Wow…..very powerful! I want to fall on my knees and pray! I want to weep. I am angry. Very powerful article.

    • Dear Susan,

      Yes, it is very powerful. I am grateful to Fr. Rutler for the stunning parallels he drew with Milton’s words: “Evil be thou my good” and the statements of Pres. Obama, former House Speaker Pelosi and the mother in the NY Times Op-Ed. As Father said, “Anyone who calls evil good, moves discourse about infanticide to a very dark place”.

      Yes, please let us weep and pray — especially the Rosary. Thanks for your response. May anger at the evil around us lead us all to pray and obey the words Mary spoke to the servants at Cana: “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)

  2. Everyone knows, or should know, our leaders are out to tear and ruin the USA but the idiot people are too stupid to see it. They claim coal is too contaminating which anyone who has studied it knows to be untrue. Take Pittsburgh, PA, when Davy Lawrence was Mayor, he cleaned the coal plants up demanding filters be placed on them and is now rated one of the most clean places in the USA. Who are they kidding other than the undereducated idiots who follow their words to the inth, which are out-and out lies. Wait until the windmills have no wind blowing to generate electricity and the sun goes into hiding for months, then let them cry. We have enough coal/gas for generations to come, but somehow they wish to deny this gift and know their way will make our people miserable and with no jobs available, will not be able to afford it. Many will freeze to death with the technology they are pushing and never be able to keep up with the demand our country requires. With the coal/gas, our country possesses, cheap enough to produce and capable of sustaining us for years, they are fighting to not let it come forth? My question is WHY?

    If the people don’t soon wake up, start to pray and bow to Jesus, his wrath will be left loose and maybe the dozens of babies murdered will come to haunt our genius leaders also. No, something or someone is possessing them and they think they are untouchable, but they too will get caught up in it and the trap will be closed and engulf them also.

    He is giving us enough rope to string ourselves up so………….

  3. Dear Molly,

    Thanks for your reply. After reading it, I remembered the Lord’s Word in St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:

    Eph 6:12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

    If leaders support the killing of innocent babies, in our country and abroad, can we really be surprised at any injustice they support? Yes, too many are blinded by the false gods of power, money, and whatever else keeps them from seeing the clear truth of God. His commandment is simple and clear: “Love one another even as I have loved you” (John 13:34)

    Too many prefer lies to the Truth, and so turn from God to seek whatever they think will profit them. God help us to wake up from the stupor that keeps us from renouncing the “father of lies” and all his empty promises.

    There is always hope, Molly, for every prodigal son or daughter who remembers God is The Father of Mercy. Let us trust in His power to save, and continue to pray for one another and all those in most need of His Mercy. Let us continually turn to God Who is Truth, and share Him with others, as Mary did on this earth.

    Mary our Mother and Model is the perfect example for every disciple. No wonder to me that Jesus from His Cross told the beloved disciple John to “Behold Your Mother”. We need the human example of Mary who was so simple yet so powerful in her faith. Her cousin Elizabeth exclaimed: “…Blessed is she who believed that there would a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord…” (Luke 1:45). Let us listen to all the Lord tells us and faithfully do His Will as Mary did.

  4. I spent so much time on the NBC website discussing the law to ban abortion at 20 weeks. No one wanted to address the fact that the fetus could feel pain. I finally simply posted, “Can’t we all agree that if a fetus can feel pain, it is wrong to subject it to a tortuous death?” Not a single reply.

    • Thank you for you comment, Monica. Sadly, I am not surprised that you got no reply. The issue of fetal pain is not the issue for those who support abortion as a fundamental personal ideology. It may be “unfortunate” to the ideologically committed that there is pain, but that will not change them. For many others – especially women I would hope – this may be the very fact that will turn their maternal hearts in compassion to the child, and to the good of the child.

      I am reminded of the Latin term, “Non serviam!” “I will not serve!” Traditionally this refusal to serve was attributed to Lucifer, in his prideful refusal to serve God (although in Scripture it is rebellious Israel who refuses to serve her God, in Jer. 2:20). But at base, I believe, it is the refusal of pride itself, to serve any but Self – the almighty and autonomous Self – that will not lay down itself to serve another. This embrace of pride, of course, explicitly denies the Christian revelation – that happiness is found not in self-seeking, but in self-giving. Indeed, only in self-donation in holy love – made possible in the grace of Christ – can we find and save ourselves.

    • Dear Monica,

      Thanks for your reply. Like Thomas, I am not surprised no one (on the NBC network in particular) wanted to address the fact that the baby (fetus) can feel pain. It might disturb someone’s conscience, or cause doubt on supporting so vigorously such a brutal act — abortion harms babies irrevocably!

      The article, “Stifle the Mother”, moved me so much because I believe that there has been such a deception perpetrated upon men and women, and especially women, to stifle the God given maternal instinct to protect and nourish life.

      There is also a parallel, it seems to me, in the “stifling” of devotion to Mary, the Mather of God and our Mother, which does harm to the spiritual lives of Catholics and non Catholics alike. The deception is similar in making evil appear good. For example, “Let’s not talk about Mary, for fear of offending….” Political correctness has gone to extremes in communication, so that Truth suffers.

      May the Holy Spirit guide us into the complete Truth of Jesus, and help us to see the beauty of Mary, our Mother. May we hear Jesus’ words deep within us, “Behold your Mother” and see how all of us as Church are called to be as she is: humble in love and in self-sacrifice.

  5. This has a powerful message. Thank you for posting it.

    • Dear Barbara,

      Thanks for reading it and commenting! Yes, it has a powerful message for all of us. Hopefully, it has impacted many who read Father’s article when it appeared originally and since we have posted it on our blog. I am always encouraged by your comments and the comments of others, but even when no comments are made, the number of people who are reached is also an encouragement.

      May God continue to use the little we can offer Him, as He works great things in the souls of countless men and women who are searching for His Truth. Let us continue to pray for one another, for the Church and for all those in most need of His Mercy. Let us pray especially through the intercession of Mary, our Mother.

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