SUNDAY HOMILY: The Happy Priest - Building a Culture of Life
the poor. There is no need. The poor are right here in your own country. In the third world, there is often a famine of the stomach due to the lack of food, but the people are rich in love. They share what little they have with one another. In developed nations like yours, there is an abundance of food. But there is often a famine of the heart due to a lack of love. The victims of this famine of love are the new poor. And who are these poor people? They are the people sitting next to you."
Why is there a famine of love in developed countries? The answer is simple and clear: we have become so selfish, and contraception causes a deep rooted selfishness in people.
Today, Americans tend to be so isolated and self-centered. Many talk feverishly on cell phones, but never stop to say hello to the person next to them. Many spend hours every evening with their friends on Facebook, but they have never said a word to the person living next door to them. Many are living in a narcissistic fantasy world, never having time for the children that they brought into this world.
In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, Blessed Pope John Paul II urged us to build a culture of life. Parents and the clergy need to teach young people about chastity. The intimate sexual life of a man and woman, which is a beautiful gift from God, only takes place within the beauty and sacredness of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
The Church is right when it declares that contraception is intrinsically evil and that it is gateway to the culture of death.
Chastity; sacramental marriage; openness to life: these are the key components of the culture of life and the key elements that we must teach, cherish and protect in our homes, in our schools and in our parishes.
As we approach another sad anniversary of Roe v Wade, let us continue to stand together at local abortion clinics with love. Yes, it is true that our God is an awesome God and that people do change. Let us continue to witness and to pray. Let us also continue our work at the homes for unwed mothers and the crisis pregnancy centers. Let us be witnesses of hope and joy.
There is never a need for abortion. There are plenty of people that will adopt any child.
The souls of more than 55,868,005 aborted children in this country alone since January 22, 1973, cry out to you never to cease with your efforts to end the horrors of abortion in our nation. Let us not forget. Let us not be discouraged.
Father James Farfaglia is a contributing writer for Catholic Online and author of Get Serious! - A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics. You can visit him on the web at www.fatherjames.org and listen to the audio podcast of this Sunday homily.
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