He informed he was the top financial planner in his office but that he was so unhappy with his life that he was going to quit his job and move to Saipan. I asked about his relationship with God and he told me that he was an atheist for most of his life and that he became a Christian in college, but that he had turned away from Christianity and was now an agnostic. I knew that God never sent warriors who were
not his sheep. Jonathan didn’t know it at the time, but God was waiting for him on that sidewalk.
Mary Hanley was stationed there for a reason that day. And she was probably the only person who
could have talked me into reluctantly participating in God’s plan. I’ve noticed I’m often the Jonah character in God’s unfolding storylines. ;
-) We spent years together in front of that clinic. Many of you watched the video of David Allen on the steps of city hall before his trial
Jonathan Davidson was holding the mic while we shot the video. He even went into the Planned Parenthood fundraiser and played the piano until they realized it was him. My last day with him at the clinic he was stopping every car before it entered the clinic and talking to
the driver and the passenger before handing them literature. The guy next to me said, “I’d like to be like him someday.”
And before long that gentleman was handing out literature too. Courage is contagious!
I eventually moved to Charlottesville, VA and then Dallas, TX … but I remained in touch with Jonathan
who would occasionally
share his stories with me. And then one day he told me he’d become a Catholic and I couldn’t believe my ear
s. How did that happen?
Jonathan hadn’t shown any signs of becoming a Catholic in the years I stood with him, although he had
great admiration for their pro life work. We had met a young anesthesiologist, Mary Catharine Maxian, praying in front of the clinic one day, actually she was on her knees crying. She said she was a crying
because there were no other doctors standing outside of the clinic and then a pro lifer told her, “You should be rejoicing because you’re going to be the one to recruit the other
And that’s exactly what she did! She started Healthcare Professionals Life.
And although he wasn’t a doctor Jonathan Davidson participated in the organization along with several
other wonderful pro lifers. The healthcare professionals would stand once a month in their scrubs and witness to the clinic workers. One of them was a Catholic neurologist doing his residency at the Texas Medical Center. I remember him well because my wife had invited him to participate in Healthcare Professionals for Lif
e… he seemed quiet and unassuming from my previous interactions with him.
All of that changed on his first day on the sidewalk. He transformed before our eyes. I remember
Jonathan Davidson being greatly impressed with this young doctor’s boldness. I had no
idea that the
neurologist’s decision to participate in the pro life movement would have such a profound effect on