Since this is Respect Life Sunday, and the beginning of Respect Life month, I wanted to talk about one woman who did respect life – and her choice has made a difference in the life of virtually every person in this church.
Her name is Joanne Schiebel. In 1954, she was a young unmarried college student who discovered that she was pregnant. In the 1950s, her options were limited. She could have had an abortion – but the procedure was both dangerous and illegal. She could have gotten married, but she wasn’t ready and didn’t want to interrupt her education. Joanne opted, instead, to give birth to the baby and put it up for adoption.
And so it was that in 1955, a California couple named Paul and Clara Jobs adopted a baby boy, born out of wedlock, that they named Steven.
We know him today…as Steve Jobs.The rest of this blog post can be read here: http://gerardnadal.com/2011/10/01/homily-for-respect-life-sunday/Text of essay truncated to introductory excerpt to make compliant with forum policy regarding the quoting of other articles and Web sites (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?action=rules - See "Quoting Other Articles, Websites, etc.") - PtA