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Another 'champion of abortion' becomes defender of life: the story of Sotjan Adasevic
www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | Madrid, Nov 12, 2008

Posted on 11/14/2008 7:10:25 AM PST by GonzoII

In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about 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”

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TOPICS: Moral Issues; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: abortion; conversions; cultureoflife; moralabsolutes; privaterevelation; prolife; thomasaquinas
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1 posted on 11/14/2008 7:10:26 AM PST by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

WOW. That’s an amazing story, but so sad that one man could kill so many.


2 posted on 11/14/2008 7:15:41 AM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: GonzoII

WOW. That’s an amazing story, but so sad that one man could kill so many.


3 posted on 11/14/2008 7:15:43 AM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: GonzoII

WOW. That’s an amazing story, but so sad that one man could kill so many.


4 posted on 11/14/2008 7:15:47 AM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: conservative cat

I only hit “Post” once.


5 posted on 11/14/2008 7:16:13 AM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: GonzoII

What a moving story.


6 posted on 11/14/2008 7:17:16 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: GonzoII

Good story.


7 posted on 11/14/2008 7:30:00 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: GonzoII
After this experience, Adasevic “told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university.”
8 posted on 11/14/2008 7:30:46 AM PST by Tax-chick ("I thank Thee, dear Jesus, that Thy will and not mine has been done." ~St. Frances Cabrini)
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To: GonzoII; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
It is okay to post the full text from Catholic News Agency.


.- The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.

“The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue,” the newspaper reported.  “Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion. Nevertheless, he began to have nightmares.”

In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about 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,’ St. Thomas told him. 

“Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,” the article stated.

“That same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortion—something quite frequent in the countries of the Soviet bloc.  The doctor agreed. Instead of removing the fetus piece by piece, he decided to chop it up and remove it as a mass. However, the baby’s heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being,”

After this experience, Adasevic “told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so.  They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university.”

After years of pressure and on the verge of giving up, he had another dream about St. Thomas. 

“You are my good friend, keep going,’ the man in black and white told him.  Adasevic became involved in the pro-life movement and was able to get Yugoslav television to air the film ‘The Silent Scream,’ by Doctor Bernard Nathanson, two times.”

Adasevic has told his story in magazines and newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

“Influenced by Aristotle, Thomas wrote that human life begins forty days after fertilization,” Adasevic wrote in one article. La Razon commented that Adasevic “suggests that perhaps the saint wanted to make amends for that error.”  Today the Serbian doctor continues to fight for the lives of the unborn.

9 posted on 11/14/2008 7:47:50 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: All

I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED THAT THERE IS A VIDEO AT THE SITE!!


10 posted on 11/14/2008 7:53:43 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: NYer

My own son survived through a crisis pregnancy in a country where abortions outnumber live births. My wife and I will be forever grateful to that woman for enduring those hardships and saving the life of our son. Even though she left him and never looked back, she gave him the most precious gift anyone could ever give.


11 posted on 11/14/2008 8:01:48 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: conservative cat

Probably a drop in the bucket compared to the number of babies murdered in abortion clinics all over America.


12 posted on 11/14/2008 8:02:49 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

US aborts about 4,500 per day.


13 posted on 11/14/2008 8:26:21 AM PST by Gemsbok (Will the real Barry Dunham, Barry Soetoro, Barack J. Obama, Barack Husein Obama...please stand up?)
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To: mvpel

Thank you for your testimony! Like you, I too am an adoptive parent and counseled others through the process. Life is a precious gift. Without life, there is no hope. God bless the selfless mothers who chose life over abortion.


14 posted on 11/14/2008 8:33:50 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: GonzoII

Excellent story of redemption.


15 posted on 11/14/2008 8:34:00 AM PST by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: NYer

a visit from Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas led him to the Orthodox Church? Ut unum sint!


16 posted on 11/14/2008 9:03:11 AM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat
“Ut unum sint”!

Hey, he got him to stop abortions!!

And, I would say, got him on a journey to find the whole truth! He is not in that bad of a place to start.

17 posted on 11/14/2008 9:27:35 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: Nihil Obstat; GonzoII
a visit from Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas led him to the Orthodox Church?

No!

He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

18 posted on 11/14/2008 9:35:41 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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Good news later pingout.


19 posted on 11/14/2008 10:07:25 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: GonzoII
O sancte Thoma, ora pro nobis!


20 posted on 11/14/2008 1:37:10 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse - TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Nihil Obstat
Adasevic has told his story in magazines and newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

This guy has a Yugoslavian type name. And after all, the Churches are only in Schism. Correct anyone? They have their own tradition as well.

21 posted on 11/14/2008 2:12:15 PM PST by RGPII (Stand your ground!)
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Good news. People can change. God can change dull metal into gold, can change hard hearts into soft caring hearts, wich God all things are possible.

22 posted on 11/14/2008 8:15:04 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Beautiful picture!


23 posted on 11/14/2008 9:23:19 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Thanks, Gonzo.


24 posted on 11/15/2008 2:11:04 PM PST by heartwood
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To: GonzoII
And a beautiful story!

The painting is "The Triumph of St. Thomas over Averroes" by Benozzo di Lese, called Gozzoli. Averroes was an Islamic philosopher who promoted pantheism - that's him trampled under St. Thomas's feet - St. Thomas is flanked by Aristotle and Plato.

Above is Christ, speaking the famous words when he appeared in a vision to St. Thomas: "Thomas, you have spoken well of me. What do you desire?" St. Thomas answered, "Only you, Lord."

25 posted on 11/17/2008 6:11:05 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse - TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: GonzoII

Great story.


26 posted on 11/22/2008 9:23:41 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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