Jan 21, 2014

January 22: The Sanctity of Human Life is honored

God made them male and female
This Wednesday, January 22nd, is the 41st Anniversary of one of the most controversial decisions by the United States Supreme Court - the legalization of Abortion, nearly without restriction, throughout this Nation. Obviously, it is a world-wide tragedy in which millions of human beings, more than 55 million in this Country alone, have lost their lives at a time when they were most vulnerable and defenseless.  Meanwhile, this silent, hidden killer continues.  We will never know what potential has been lost, what talent was wasted, what beauty we will never see, what great music we will never hear, what great leaders of nations, holiness, and moral good, what athletes, what creative genius, or how many ordinary wonderful citizens we will never experience because of this great tragedy.  Our Holy Father Pope Francis has been crystal clear about the "throw away culture" and how this insidious cultural change has slithered in silently before us. 
But, the tide is turning and a post-abortion generation of young people is more and more coming around to know what we all know instinctively: the unborn child in the womb of his/her mother is indeed a human being - a human person.  Why do we tolerate this horrific act of violence against women and men?  A united effort by those of us who are gifted with life can unite to take away the reasons why women so tragically and painfully submit their bodies and souls to this horror. 
In the face of what may seem like impossible change at times, let's unite in prayer and action in some way to be witnesses for life.  Let's reduce and eventually entirely eliminate the reasons for abortion through compassion, viable alternatives, non-judgmental attitudes, a spirit of forgiveness and welcome, and the protection of children everywhere. 
Life is a gift from God; a child is a gift from God; we are a gift from God to one another.  Below are some helpful links:
God our Creator,
we give thanks to you,
who alone have the power to impart the breath of life
as you form each of us in our mother's womb;
grant, we pray,
that we, whom you have made stewards of creation,
may remain faithful to this sacred trust
and constant in safeguarding the dignity
of every human life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 
(Roman Missal)