To the editor:
Last month, the pro-life community lost its most courageous and loving member: Mary Burke. Mary’s dedication challenged many of us, particularly myself, to give not just of one’s intellect or one’s time, or one’s money. She gave the hardest part of the mission to help the unborn: She gave her very heart and soul. She prayed without ceasing for the unborn. She didn’t hide behind a computer screen, or sit in an arm chair reading pro-life books, or sit at her desk writing letters to change the law. Of course she did all these things, but her greatest calling was being present outside the abortion clinic and being a witness in the face of the tragedy. She loved the mothers and she prayed for the abortionists.
She did all of this without wanting any attention. The risk that she faced whether her image, or name, or even health was unimportant to her compared to the health and love of the unborn. She had no ego. Mary was the embodiment of Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom on God.
Carol N. Crossed