21 November, 2008

The unlikely pro-lifer

Call me superstitious if you must, but this story impresses me. Stojan Adasevic, a Serbian doctor who during his lifetime performed tens of thousands of abortions, abandoned his practice after a long period of recurring dreams that turned out to be…well, you can read it yourself:

[A] beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. My name is Thomas Aquinas, the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didn't recognize the name.

Why don't you ask me who these children are? St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.

They are the ones you killed with your abortions, the Dominican saint told him.

Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions.
I looked up some more information on this fellow—what with the internet being a reliable source of information and all—and found a few more details. In one of them, the Dominican Saint explains to the incredulous doctor that "on this side of the eschaton" children continue to grow into adulthood.

Dr. Adasevic swore off abortions after learning the identity of the children in his dream. When pressed by a young couple performed one last abortion which ended in such a terrifying fashion that he refused to continue, even after the state sanctioned him, reduced his salary, etc. He became an Orthodox Christian—not, apparently, one of the group of Orthodox Christians that I once found online, who savage Aquinas regularly—and has since advocated for pro-life causes.

(Hat tip: Christifideles)

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