On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court made a historic decision to legalize abortion in our land. This decision caused great division in our nation as it firmly rejected the premise of our founding fathers and mothers, who stated that every human person has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I can only imagine what our founding fathers and mothers would say today if they knew what we have done to their dream. I am sure that they would weep endless tears over our nation that has come to the point of seeing life as merely a commodity, something that can be cut away and disposed of at the whim of another person.
On July 25, 1968, the late Blessed Paul VI issued his encyclical “Humanae Vitae.” In that letter he stated what would happen to a society that accepted the mentality that artificial means of birth control were acceptable. The pope stated that such a mentality would be the downfall of a culture that shows little to no regard for God’s gift of human life. Blessed Paul VI is seen as a prophet in our own times as all that he wrote in that encyclical has come to pass in our country.
God calls us to stand up and vigorously defend the gift of human life. Not only life in the womb, but life at every stage from womb to tomb. When life in the womb is threatened, life at all stages is threatened.
The late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, when speaking of being pro-life developed what he called the “seamless garment” approach. To be pro-life means to be aware of all the issues regarding life, that being those things that people need to support their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Among these are providing for people’s basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, education, etc. Being pro-life means to reject abortion, euthanasia, unjust war, the death penalty, terrorism, any and all things that degrade the gift of life.
If life in the womb is not protected, life at any stage is subjected to not being protected. The violence on our streets, terroristic activities around the world, legal, but not moral legislation in recent years, are all proof of this.
The bishops of the United States have set aside Monday, January 23, as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. We are being asked to pray and do penance as we storm heaven for God’s mercy and to give us the courage to defend human life at all times and under all circumstances. Will you answer the call?
Mary, Mother of Life, pray for us!
– Fr. Dennis, January 22, 2017