On September 4, 2016, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa to be Saint Teresa of Calcutta. After World War II, St. Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order which now operates with thousands of nuns and other religious in well over 100 countries, including the United States. St. Teresa committed her order to providing free service to the poorest of the poor. As we thank God for her life and celebrate her canonization, I was reminded of her remarks 22 years ago, on February 3, 1994, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Also in attendance on that day was then-President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary. On that occasion, St. Teresa echoed the words that she gave at her 1979 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, where she said:

Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

She urged her listeners to help mothers and fathers learn to love their babies, to start within their own families to encourage care for the unwanted and weak, and then to move into the community and world. She urged us to love “until it hurts.” At her National Prayer Breakfast comments, St. Teresa said:

[T]he greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because Jesus said, ‘If you receive a little child, you receive Me. So every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus, is the neglect of receiving Jesus.  It is really a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. . . . If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?

Even though St. Teresa was diminutive in stature, she was fearless as she understood that one person, with God on their side, is a majority. On these pages, I have written here about Mrs. Clinton’s unwavering support for unrestricted and government-paid abortion on demand, and the enthusiastic support she receives from our nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more rabidly pro-abortion agenda than Hillary’s Democrats. Mrs. Clinton wishes to repeal the Hyde Amendment to force American taxpayers to pay for abortions. She has declared that she wants abortion to be declared to be a fundamental human right, with American taxpayers paying for abortions overseas through the repeal of the Helms Amendment. I suppose that what I remember most about what St. Teresa said in 1994 was not so much her actual words, but the reaction from those in attendance. At the conclusion of her powerful remarks, St. Teresa received a five-minute standing ovation. But Mr. and Mrs. Clinton sat in silent dissent. As we are in the political season in the United States, we will continue to hear from Mrs. Clinton. But the quiet voice of St. Teresa reminds us that for those among us who do not support the taking of lives of innocent children, we must stand, as St. Teresa did, with those who need us most. Lord, have mercy!