The prophets of old gave stern warning against those who robbed from the needy and oppressed the poor. God, who lifts up the lowly, expects His people to do the same, and to ensure that they have enough.
That is why it is so easy to understand why we defend the unborn. If God wants us to make sure our brothers and sisters have enough of this world’s goods, then He certainly wants us to make sure they have this world’s most basic good, life itself.
The whole Biblical teaching about care for the poor would make no sense if we did not have an obligation to preserve the lives of those in danger. And we do this for the very same reason: God has entrusted us to the care of one another.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask, “lead us not into temptation.” Every temptation is a lie, that makes something evil look good.
Among the most masterful temptations of the evil one is to make the killing of a child seem better than the birth of that child. This is the lie that leads each day to thousands of abortions. As we pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” let’s keep in mind the need to protect all pregnant mothers from the deception of abortion. Let’s also pray against the temptation to be silent and passive in the midst of this holocaust. Sins of omission are the most frequent sins, especially in regard to the culture of death. Let’s say more, do more, and sacrifice more for life! Lead us not into temptation!
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked our land in an event that we should never forget.
We lament the loss of thousands of lives, and the destruction of our buildings.
Yet earthquakes or tsunamis can also cause the same damage.
What makes terrorism different? The evil of September 11 was that some human beings had a blatant contempt for the right of other human beings to live.
As we fight terrorism, the evil we fight is a reflection of the evil we do. The same contempt for human life is found in every abortion clinic. What moral difference does it make if a victim is five feet tall or five inches tall, or if the instrument of death is an airplane or surgical forceps?
As we recall September 11, let’s resolve to defend all life.
In the Our Father, we pray “Hallowed be Thy name.” When the People of God live in a way that reflects the holiness, justice, truth and love of God Himself, then God’s name is honored. In other words, God’s people give God a good reputation, and the word “Christian” is something people want to identify with. But when God’s people are unfaithful, God’s name is dishonored.
This is what happens when God’s people turn the other way and ignore the abortions that kill thousands of babies every day – or even participate in them. This dishonors both the rights of that child and the honor of God. Hallowed be Thy name, through our commitment to life. Hallowed be Thy name, through the sacrifice we make to defend life, and the care we give to mother and child alike.
Although the current pro-abortion Congress will not allow it to advance, a bill has been introduced called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. It would establish a consistent government-wide prohibition on abortion funding. This is, of course, consistent with the strong opinion of most Americans.
Each year, pro-life lobbyists have to fight to keep abortion funding out of various bills. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act seeks to solve these problems through a single legislative act.
The abortion industry is losing support among American citizens, which is why it constantly seeks money from the government. Our Representatives in Congress should be told of our support for a measure like this, so that tax money no longer supports an industry that kills children and an activity that violates the conscience of so many.
Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States.
“The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice who will not uphold the right to life of the unborn is an opportunity to repeat a simple truth: Any court decision, like Roe vs. Wade and others that affirm it, which say we have a right to do wrong, lack all juridical validity. They are null and void in principle, because they call violence a right. We have no obligation to obey them, and in fact, must resist them by conscientious objection.”