One week from today, on January 22nd, the nation will mark forty-one years since the Supreme Court of our land issued a decision on Roe vs Wade that legalized abortion in this nation. For the past forty years, the Church as well as countless people who were morally affronted by this legal decision of our high court, have gathered to bear witness to this threat to our moral integrity. In a nation that is founded on the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, with life ranking first in that listing since without life nothing else can be, the Roe vs Wade decision cut threads that weaken our moral fabric. The result has added to and compounded our growing “throw away attitude” toward nearly everything. If it is possible and/or easy to dispose of an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, to rid ourselves of a problem, and to place ourselves and our needs above the rights of another human being, then anything is possible.
And that is what it boils down to: the long-held belief that human life begins from the moment of conception. That at that moment, whether sustainable outside the womb or not, a unique individual, a human being with a God-given soul, exists. It is a member of the human race, entitled to the same rights as you and me – life and respect and dignity. As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. Everything else is dependent upon this truth.
In these past forty-one years, a conservative estimate of 55 million unborn children have been put to death legally in this nation alone, a nation that prides itself on rights and justice – 55 million. Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical Caritas in Veritatae says that “a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.”
Many from the Norwin area will travel to DC for the March for Life on Wednesday. Many more will stay home and go about business as usual. We invite you to join with friends, neighbors and parishioners on Tuesday evening, January 21st, at 7:00 pm at Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin for a Mass in honor of the dignity of human life. And pray daily, especially on the 22nd, for wisdom in this matter for those who lead us. Pray for LIFE!