My amazing friend wrote this in her school paper….made my heart melt. She’s letting me share it with you all. Love her!
This article was published in The Circuit, a student-run newspaper at Benedictine
College, Atchison Kansas.
Written by Madeline Maher
Reprinted with Permission
Our generation has seen a lot of ugly things.
All of us have seen wars, shootings, bombings and terrorist attacks destroy lives, families
Seeing the ugliness evil acts bring to our country can make you wonder where the beauty
On social media sites, I have seen people reacting to the recent bombing in Boston and
the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, and many are asking the same question: “What is
wrong with our country?”
I think the answer is simple – we have lost sight of what is beautiful and true in the
The problem isn’t that beauty and truth no longer exist; it’s just that we can’t recognize
them anymore because we are constantly told what is true and beautiful for you doesn’t
have to be true and beautiful for me.
This relativist way of thinking is a lie, and it robs us of the beauty we could experience –
and it can even rob us life.
One year ago I received a phone call from Raquel Kato, a friend in Colorado. With a
shaky voice, Raquel told me she had a one-night stand on her 21st birthday and was
Being 21, single and pregnant is not an ideal situation to say the least, and society sees
it as an ugly circumstance. But many believe there is a quick and easy solution – get an
The father of the child told her to do it, society told her to do it, so Raquel scheduled an
abortion. It was easier than ordering a pizza.
But she couldn’t go through with it. She knew it was wrong. Raquel took the brave steps
away from the path she was “supposed” to take and went toward the truth.
If Raquel had gone through with the abortion, not many people would have known. The
president wouldn’t have given a speech about a life that could’ve been; flags would not
have been at half-mast; the baby wouldn’t have even had a funeral.
It would’ve been a silent killing and would’ve gotten a silent response. But the truth is the
baby still would have been killed, and that cannot be overlooked.
When the line between right and wrong becomes blurred, we are unable to see an evil act
unless it is performed in extreme ways.
Following the truth, Raquel restored beauty in the world by giving her daughter,
We must take Raquel’s example and apply it to our lives.
As students we strive to find that truth in life, and we are called to spread it to the rest of
The challenge comes when we leave the realm of Benedictine College and go into the
“real” world. We cannot forget our job.
In the great words of Uncle Ben from “Spiderman,” “with great power comes great
We cannot expect our country to improve until we find what truth and beauty really
are. We have the power to bring beauty back to our country; we now have to accept the
responsibility and find the courage to do it.