What’s speed got to do with it?

Respecting life involves more than praying the Rosary-for-Life or working for an end to abortion, though those are important aspects of it. Respecting life also means driving the speed limit, not driving too close to the fellow in front of you, not speeding down neighborhood streets ignoring the living beings all around whose lives are endangered by such reckless behavior.

Really, anyone who claims to be pro-life and then gets behind the wheel of an automobile and habitually drives 10 to 20 miles over the speed limit on the way to his prayer group or to Mass is deceiving himself. The way we live either gives proof to our words or makes us liars. Have I always lived by those words? Nope. Am I trying to live by them now? Yes. Though I’ve fallen many times, by the grace of God, I’ve gotten up and tried again.

So next time you’re zipping down the highway, riding an inch from my bumper, seething behind the wheel, waiting for a chance to roar past me while giving me an ugly stare, just remember: I’m driving the speed limit because I’ve taken a vow to respect, protect and defend life.

Including yours.

2 thoughts on “What’s speed got to do with it?

  1. Francesca

    Y’know… good point! (And I say this as someone who always drives fast, though thankfully I’ve never hit a living creature .)


    1. Disciple

      Hi, Francesca! I was a speeder for most of my driving years. And I have hit living creatures: a little bird (I wasn’t even speeding that time!) and a cat. I saw him running down the embankment beside the freeway. I tried everything to miss him but he changed his trajectory every time I changed mine. I cried a long time after that too.

      Now I drive the speed limit and I approach it as a point of discipline, along with general courtesy of the road, which used to be common and now seems to be like waving a red flag in front of bulls. Bullies, that is.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Peace be with you.


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