“Whatever you did for one of these least ones of mine, you did for me.” (Matt 25:40)
This Monday marks the 45th Anniversary of the legalization of abortion in our nation as a result of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Since that time, over 60 million babies — a staggeringly, unfathomable number — have been killed LEGALLY within or while partially extracted from the wombs of their mothers. The lives of countless others who have been involved in the procurement and aftermath of each life-taking decision have been terribly affected as well. It is the moral scourge and tragedy of our time and someday we will have to make an accounting of it before God. Our Lord continues with the corollary to the above quote, “What you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.” (Matt 25:45)

What can we do? Some are marching in protest in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Others work desperately to get legislation passed incrementally protecting life. Others carefully take note of the political process to ensure that good and moral leadership hold public office. Others sidewalk counsel and pray near abortion clinics.

While not everyone can be on the frontline of the battle, all of us can and must pray, as we do today, for a conversion of hearts that fail to see that every human life is sacred — a gift from God. As such, it is morally impermissible to do anything to directly take a human life — including our own! While some life-taking that is indirect (i.e., self-defense) may be justified, it, too, is impermissible if undertaken with the primary intent of taking life. Moreover, to insist that anyone has “rights” superior to the most fundamental human right to life itself is absurd. We must pray for, offer acts of penance for, and promote the Gospel of Life, not only defending it within the womb, but loving and supporting it at every stage through natural death.

It has been a long march these past 45 years, and some progress has surely been made. There is yet a long way to go. Let us never tire of defending the most vulnerable or “least” in our midst, and remember that when we are doing so, we are doing so for Christ.

Catholic Leadership 360 Review Process
Please find on the following page a letter from our Vicar, Bishop Francis Kane, inviting your participation in a parish-wide survey. Every 5 years or so priests are asked to undergo a review process concerning their ministry and leadership. It is meant to be a constructive process to affirm and also to identify and encourage growth. I look forward to participating in the process over the course of the next several weeks and am grateful for your thoughtful input as well.

Have a blessed week,