The Life Issue

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So God created humankind in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3)

He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness. (Matthew 19:18)

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ (Jeremiah 1:5)

One of the first commandments that the Lord gives to us is to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).  Later, in Exodus, He tells us “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13).  The command here is very explicit.

The Pro-Life issue has become a contentious one in recent times, especially politically.  For example, there are some Catholics in office that “personally oppose” abortion but “publically support” it.  Now, it can be very easy for us to quickly judge those people, however we are also told “do not judge, so that you may not be judged” (Matthew 7:1).  We do not know what is on people hearts.

That being said, it is up to the legistlatures in this country to out law abortion, euthinasia, and the death penalty.  Me, personally, as a Catholic, I think we should call upon all Catholics, Christians, and other pro-lifers to help us achieve these goals.

But let us be clear, this is not just an American issue.  Ireland (a Catholic state), under pressure from the United Nations, is considering repealing its eigth ammendment to its consititution, which says this:

The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Ireland quoted Pope Francis in his 2018 New Years Address saying, “To serve human life is to serve God.”

In Iceland, a report was released saying that they had “eradicated down sydrome.”  This report was false, they were aborting all children who had been diagnosed with it.  It was very disappointing to see that the American news company, CBS News glorifying the report with a headline titled, “few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.” (This link does not go to CBS, but the National Catholic Register).

This prompted the beautiful tesitmony by Frank Stephens, a man with down syndrome, about how the quality of life of people with down sydrome is really, not all that bad.  He also became the first man with down syndrome to testify before Congress.  I encourage everyone to watch his tesitmony.

But we have had a victory recently.  Ohio governor (and former presidential candidate) John Kasich signed a new bill into law that bans abortions on children diagnosed with down syndrome.

As I wrote back in October, we cannot settle for the small victories.  This is one of the reasons I will be in Washingdon, DC on January 19th.  I will be standing up for those who do not yet have a voice and who entitled to the same rights as you and I.

Thousands of people will be marching in Washington for the March for Life, and thousands more will be marching in their local communities, and millions more will be praying for the safety of the unborn.

My parish in Raleigh, like many others across the country, added an extra line to the prayer at the end of each decade of the Rosary.

O my Jesus
Forgive us our sins
And save us from the fires of hell.
Lead all souls to Heaven
Especially those who most need Divine Mercy.
Jesus, protect and save the unborn.

This January, I ask that you all pray for life.  Pray for the unborn, the disabled, those who do not choose life.  For politicians who make these decisions and for those that will be marching in Washington and all across the country for the protection of the unborn and the end of euthinasia and the death penalty.

 

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