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.