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Unborn Lives Do Matter

I am writing this “Corner” on Sunday November 6th, since it is due at the Bulletin Company, tomorrow, Monday November 7th. When you read this, the 2016 National Election will be history. Let us unite as one voice for the Unborn and with genuine fervor and compassion, commit to pray, in communion with all caring Catholic Christians, for the end to abortion. My prayer, as I write this, is that you will be reading this in the afterglow of the pro-life party’s victory celebrations. But even if that should not occur, I pray that you will commit to continue, vocally and prayerfully, to fight to bring an end to this Evil of Abortion as well as the other life-degrading evils of Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and so-called Same-sex Marriage. Here is a prayer from the local “Family for Life” ministry that we would all do well to emulate and incorporate into our daily prayer life, going forward.

Let us Pray! Lord, to those who do not understand the massive devastation abortion causes humanity (physically and  spiritually),  allow  them  to  see  the  Unborn  (torn  to  pieces)  and  hear their (silent) screams as they are being aborted at the four abortuaries here in Jacksonville(313 days a year every day except Sunday!)until they are moved to do something to “rescue those innocent being led away to death.    “Lord, please reveal to them that You are with them everywhere. Reveal to them that You know everything they do (whether or not they vote for candidates who recognize that Unborn LIVES do matter) and that one day, You will meet them face to face and “weigh their heart.”  Lord, we pray that You will be able to say to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant,because thou hast been faithful…… enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” We ask this in the name of Our Lord, Creator of all life. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, we cannot, in good conscience, remain silent in the face of these societal evils. We cannot be like ostriches, and avoid the troubles around us, by virtually burying our heads in the sand. We all need to become part of the solution. To do nothing; to say nothing, we become complicit and a part of the problem. As regards this inherent faith-based obligation, I would like to reference Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona. He suggested, in weeks past, that some Catholics have been “frightened into silence, and even confused by charges from critics, that they are imposing their morality on others.” And… he continued…”Of course, if one’s faith does not impact  on one’s whole life (including one’s political and social responsibilities), then it is not authentic faith; it is a sham, a counterfeit.” Bishop Olmstead went on to clarify… “A democratic society needs the active participation of all its citizens, people of faith included. This is not at all an imposition on other’s morality.  It is acting with integrity. The active engagement of Catholics in democratic processes is good for society, and it is responsible citizenship.”

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said that “Catholic Social Teaching provides us with a vision of the world as it could be, and as it should be. The world as God created it to be.” “The Catholic vision is spiritual…not political. Catholics belong first of all to the ‘City of God.’  But  we all have a duty to build up the  ‘city of man’… to  correct injustices, and seek a world that reflects God’s desires for all His children…and reflects…what Jesus called the kingdom of God…and what the Apostles called the new Heaven and new Earth.”

So once again, let us remember to not become insular and remote, should the evils we have all expressed our concern about, continue on. The battle against the evil one is constant. The Church has battled against evil since its inception. However, we have the promise of Jesus recorded in Scripture…”And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16: 18).

Win or lose…the issue of respecting and protecting life, has had more attention paid to it during this Election Campaign Season than it has ever had before. To continue to sway souls to fight for the protection of life at all stages, will require the continued involvement of us all. If you have been already, stay active! Stay informed and vocal! If you have not been supportive and active, Jesus is begging us all to intercede for these little ones of His. He multiple times expressed his deep concern for His little ones.

In Luke 18: 15-16 we are told…”Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” In Matthew 18: 5 we are told…“And whom ever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.” And in Mark 9: 2 He said: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone   hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea.” Suffice it to say, it is so obvious, and so compelling for us to reflect, by our concern and action, the same profound love and protection Our Lord exhibited and spoke of, for His precious little ones

Yours in Christ,fr denis