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Third Sunday after Epiphany—23 January A.D. 2011

The Right to Life

Ordinary of the Mass
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Chair of Unity Octave Prayer

The Sacred Scriptures tell us that God created the entire physical universe. Out of nothing, He made the heaven and the earth, the birds, the beasts, and the fish. All of these were material creations.

But after He created these things, He created another that was different from all the others. He created a being that was material, but, just like the angels, possessed a purely spiritual soul—a soul capable of a direct relationship with God. They were formed, as scripture says, “in God's image and likeness.... to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.”{1}

After creating His first people, God gave Adam and Eve dominion over all of the rest of material creation. And He sent them forth to “be fruitful and multiply,” and to people the entire earth.

Now, it is important to understand that when God gave human beings the power to reproduce themselves, He gave them much more than He gave to His purely material creatures. Animals reproduce themselves, to be sure—but they don't do anything more than reproduce their physical form—they don't do anything like humans do as they create (or procreate) a spiritual and immortal soul. When a human child in conceived, that is exactly what happens; his parents cooperate with God Himself to form another citizen of God's eternal kingdom.

It doesn't take a great deal of wisdom to know that God intended children to be the product of marital love. This is clear form biology, from Sacred Scripture, and the nearly universal tradition of the human race. It is also as nearly obvious that the family unit is the environment in which those children must be raised, and taught the ways of God and man.

The natural law informs us that the family must be esteemed and protected from destructive influence. Society must resist the temptation to allow families to be pulled apart and scrambled through easy divorce for trivial reasons.

The natural law also tells us that it is sinful and hurtful to the dignity of human life to control procreation through artificial means: either to produce children, or to ensure against their conception. It is sinful to selectively breed them, or to conceive them artificially, or to bear them for sale in the manner of the “surrogate” mother. This last notion, of having someone else bear your children is clearly destructive of stable family life. And selective breeding often involves the artificial conception of many children, and the murder of all but the “best.”

Certainly, the wholesale destruction of unwanted children, through the crime of abortion, is murder that cries out to heaven for vengeance. In this country alone, well over a million, are brutally killed each year. And over the thirty-eight years of legal abortion in American, the legal line has blurred somewhat to allow the starvation and dehydration of even those children who are born, but are found “unfit.”

Of course, no one should be surprised to find the same “logic” applied to the elderly, so that we don't have to put up with the inconvenience of having to deal with “worn out” people.

Yesterday was the 38th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision of the Supreme Court. Only God knows the exact number of murders that Court authorized, but most estimates put it well over 50,000,000 this year. That's more than all the victims of Hitler, and Stalin, and Ghengis Khan, and every other mass murderer you can name, put together. That's way more than twice the population of Florida. Or, to put another way, its about the same as wiping out Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, and Mississippi!

It should be obvious that all of these form of disrespect for life must be reversed, if we are to escape God's wrath and survive as a nation. Reversing it will take some positive action on our part:

We must respect life in our own lives. We can't expect others to do what we are unwilling to do ourselves. We must not treat sexual matters as a form of recreation. We must be sure that our children understand the purpose of marriage and the serious nature of the marital commitment.

While we should not encourage people to have children outside of marriage, we must be careful never to pressure an unwed mother to kill her baby—not by social pressure, not by economic pressure. We must be ready to help with moral and economic support.

Political action is a necessity. Governmental leaders must understand that they will be thrown out of office if they fail to protect the innocent. This must become issue number one in any election—nothing else matters if you are dead. We have failed miserably in this, and since the time of Roe vs. Wade we have seen the introduction of even more destructive policies, allowing murdered children to be used for “scientific” research—one is reminded of Nazis.

Finally, we must pray. Prayer for the right to life should be part of our daily routine. Attend the Masses we offer for the right to life every month—sometimes more often. Pray that our Lord and his Blessed Mother will have mercy on the innocents, and that they will have mercy on our blood-thirsty society.







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