When I Was in the Womb: We Must Not Retreat in Building a Culture of Life
wonderful deeds of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light" (cf. 1 Pet 2:9). On our journey we are guided and sustained by the law of love: a love which has as its source and model the Son of God made man, who "by dying gave life to the world".
"We have been sent as a people. Everyone has an obligation to be at the service of life. This is a properly "ecclesial" responsibility, which requires concerted and generous action by all the members and by all sectors of the Christian community. This community commitment does not however eliminate or lessen the responsibility of each individual, called by the Lord to "become the neighbor" of everyone: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10:37).
"Together we all sense our duty to preach the Gospel of life, to celebrate it in the Liturgy and in our whole existence, and to serve it with the various programs and structures which support and promote life." The Gospel of Life: On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life, 1995, Par. 79,
Like the people of Israel under the leadership of Nehemiah, some of us have been posted at the wall to fight off those who seek to topple what is left of the protection afforded to early, disabled, infirm and elderly human life in the civil or positive law of the Nation.
The defensive work in which I was engaged in over many years, with so many others, helped to slow the progress of the culture of death. However, the work of rebuilding the walls, securing the city for future generations, that is the more important task. This requires both sword and trowel. Sword and Trowel
We must continue to hold off the forces intent of destroying the Christian influence in culture while we work to rebuild that influence, at every intersecting point of faith and culture.
I have spent many hours since the results of the recent Presidential election trying to help sincere Pro-Life people who are mourning and grieving. I well understand. However, some are beginning to act in a "knee jerk" manner. They are speaking of "politics as a waste of time" and have figuratively or literally decided to "head for the hills".
Others have succumbed to the twin mistakes of yielding to unfocused anger or giving into cynicism. Both reactions will drain them of the very life of the Spirit. Both reactions are tactics of the enemy of our souls and the enemy of life. Jesus told us "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)
It is that thief who who wants us to retreat.
Let's be clear, politics will NEVER save any Nation or culture. To believe otherwise is heresy; a brand of utopianism at odds with the Christian faith or a form of zealotry/triumphaism which fails to understand the mission of the Church.
However, the Church must be free to proclaim her message in word and deed - in every Nation and in every culture. She must continue the redemptive work of her Head, Jesus Christ.
St Paul used his Roman citizenship to advance the preaching of the Gospel. We must use our American citizenship to do the same. We cannot abandon the call to be leaven in the loaf of human culture. There is no doubt that each of us will serve in a different role in this task, but none of us can retreat.
A New Momentum for Life
I see a growing new momentum for Life. Public opinion is shifting against those who defend the evil of legally sanctioned abortion on demand. Their false façade of concern for women is being removed; revealing the ugly face of evil beneath it.
Women have been the second victims of the abortion lie for too long. In increasing numbers, women who have had abortions are joining a growing majority of those who oppose it. Your work provides a safe harbor for many of these women and their children.
Using Medical Technology
There is new assistance provided for us in the medical technologies such as sonograms. With the introduction of "baby's first picture" we can all watch these children smile, play, feel pain and grow. These 3 and 4d images are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the social media. They are even showing up on television commercials.
This is helpful in a consumerist culture. Every day it becomes harder to deny that the child in the womb is our neighbor. The Orwellian Newspeak of "Choice" is growing stale and tired. The wind is out of its sails. Some choices are always and everywhere wrong, and the taking of innocent human life in at the top of the list.
Establishing Judicial Precedents
The judicial recognition of the inalienable right to life of children in the womb is within reach, at least at the U.S. Supreme Court level. It is only a matter of time before the ...
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: abortion, Obama, Culture of Life, Civilization of love, activism, Gospel of Life, activism, Nehemiah Wall, Deacon Keith Fournier
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