That simple and eloquent sentence, by writer Danielle Bean in the National Catholic Register, says it all. An expectant mother, in the hospital with appendicitis, is told that the young life inside her has some problems and will likely be disabled somehow. She was advised to abort the baby. What if?
Some decisions in life do not lend themselves to a "do over." A pebble cast into the water, produces unforeseen ripples, …or not, depending on the decision of the person holding it. What if this young woman had followed the doctor's advice? She would have never known the unique gifts and beauty of that child. She would have been deprived of that person's love, and of the joy that only that person could bring into her life. The world, for that matter, would have been deprived forever of the magnificent talent of Andrea Bocelli, because that young woman was his mother.
At the conclusion of this video, Bocelli sings a song, in Italian, that he says his own children enjoy.
I want to live like this with the sun on my face, and I sing happily, gracefully. I want to live like this, with the air of the mountains, because this enchantment doesn’t cost anything.
Let those, like President Obama, who would treat the unborn as so much medical waste to be discarded even if they somehow survive the abortion and are born alive, listen to the singular voice and masterful inspiration of Bocelli and try to reconcile his very existence to their own horrific, dehumanizing philosophy. For the rest of us, a prayer of thanks for the courage of that young woman, and praise to the Creator who instills in that human voice a luminous glimmer of the divine.