October 2, 2015
The month of October has been celebrated for many years in our nation as “Respect Life Month” and this year there is an even greater urgency for all of us to pray and work for an end to the mortal sin of abortion in our state and in our nation.
You may have seen some or all of the videos, which reveal the diabolical nature of this “unspeakable crime” of abortion. They revealed not only that abortion, contrary to what so many liberal progressive politicians of both parties want us to believe is a matter of women’s health, is the direct and intentional killing of an innocent human being where this child should be safest—under a mother’s heart. The great lie, which seems to have caught on in our country, is that this child is not a human being until it is born. Science and plain common sense tell us just the opposite and both confirm that the Catholic Church’s teaching and practice that life begins at conception is an objective fact.
As devoted Catholics, all of us must intensify our daily prayers for an end to this scourge and plague on our nation and our world. We must work without becoming discouraged for this end to abortion. We can speak the truth to others in charity. We can work to elect and vote for those who support life and all of the important social issues, which derive from the recognition and respect for life from conception to natural death; and we can lead by our example. However, before we do anything else, we simply must pray fervently for an end to abortion and pray with the same fervor for those who have had or may seek an abortion, as well as those who perform abortions and assist at them. Our nation needs a conversion of heart and mind so that the inherent dignity of every person—as a child of God, created in His image and likeness—is accepted and acted on in every circumstance of life.
The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen wrote many books and articles and one of his books was entitled
Life is Worth Living. In this month dedicated to a respect for all human life at every stage of development, it would be good if we kept this title in our hearts. Make it very personal because it really is. Your life and my life are worth living no matter what our talents may be, no matter what our physical or mental limitations may be. God loves us into existence and we are destined to be united with Him in heaven when He calls to us. This is a fact of our human lives: God loves us with an eternal love and His Son, Jesus, is living proof. Let us accept this love with gratitude and humility and act accordingly.
I ask each of you to pray one rosary each day in October for an end to abortion. The power of prayer is far greater than the power of Satan at work in the world promoting this intrinsic evil. May Our Blessed Mother Mary assist us and may she protect us from evil and continue to show us the face of Jesus Who loves us with a sacrificial love. May God be praised!