November 8 is Not the End: Sympathy Leading Me Forward

(Everyday Bravery, Day 15)

The turning point for me was Wednesday night’s debate. Specifically, the moment it became clear to me that Hillary Clinton was defending the indefensible (partial-birth abortion), I felt a surge in my chest: Sympathy. Every part of my clenched-up heart, which had for so long been agitated at the thought of all those pro-lifers supporting Donald Trump, just… released.

I still wasn’t there myself. I still wasn’t planning to ditch my write-in dreams. But when I heard Clinton express her support for that most tragic of offenses, I suddenly felt the weight of the obligation that many feel to support her opponent, whoever he may be. I experienced an explosive growth in the sympathy I feel towards pro-lifers who have come to a different conclusion than I have.

Read the rest at the Catholic Review.

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This post is the fifteenth in a series called Everyday Bravery: A Write 31 Days Challenge. Every day this month I’m publishing a blog post on Everyday bravery – not the heroic kind, not the kind that involves running into a burning building or overcoming some incredible hardship. Rather, the kinds of bravery that you and I can undertake in our real, regular lives. To see the full list of posts in the series, please check out its introduction.

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3 thoughts on “November 8 is Not the End: Sympathy Leading Me Forward

  1. Julie, I can’t seem to connect with The Catholic Review to finish reading your latest article today. I had the. very same clutch moment when H.C. railed for a “woman’s right”” to terminate her pregnancy / kill her child up until the last day!
    What meager respect I had for that woman’s exsperience fled immediately. What a pathetic, morally bankrupt woman!! !
    On the other hand, I cannot accept Donald Trump as my President because I do not understand his reasoning and cannot trust him to keep his word, whatever that might be.

    Keep up the good fight, Julie. Cathy H.

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