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Christmas Has Prepared Us For Elections

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

We have just concluded the Christmas season, and find ourselves immersed in the election season.

And so it should be. Christmas is actually the best preparation for elections. It is the feast of God becoming human, and thereby joining all humanity to Himself. Each person, in Christ, has immediate access to God, and has a new dignity even beyond that received in our creation.

Because of this, politics is transformed, because if each person is a child of God, then the voice of the people matters, and the people should participate in both choosing and influencing their leaders. Nobody can be dismissed or treated just as a statistic or a cog in a wheel. Even more, no ruler can justify discrimination, subjection, or oppression.

A Pythagorean writer once expressed the role of civil authority this way: β€œThe monarch has an irrepressible authority (and is therefore not limited by consent); he is a living law; he is like a god among men.”

The coming of Christ among us has changed all that; He has transformed authority into service, and subjected power into respect for the rights of the people, starting with life itself.

That is why our Founding Fathers spoke of inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, rights that precede the existence of government and are bestowed by the Creator Himself.

We are at an important juncture in Elections 2012. Those who pay attention to politics are coming to a point of decision regarding which candidate they will support and work hard for over the coming months before Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. Many of us in leadership are meeting in these days and discerning the current shape of the race.

Many of us have formed a “Vote Pro-life Coalition” (VoteProLifeCoalition.com), which in the coming months will educate voters, call on Churches to observe Voter Registration Sundays (May 27, July 1, and Sept 9), conduct prayer campaigns (including a nine-week novena from Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 6), and much more.

We will have a presence on the road at multiple events, on television and radio, on the internet and social networking, in the Churches and on the streets of America. We will be relentless in the message that while there are many important issues, there is one overriding and foundational issue, that of life itself. Problems like abortion, which deny and attack that foundational right and gift, therefore deserve, in the words of the Catholic bishops, “urgent attention and priority” (Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, 2001).

Among other key issues, of course, is the defense of marriage and religious liberty, but in order to enjoy the gift of marriage or liberty, one must first be alive! Indeed, the first criterion of public servants needs to be that they can tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Otherwise, they do not belong in public office.

So, let the battle begin! Let the People of God arise and get busy as faithful citizens!

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Christmas Is Not Simply the Feast of Christ’s Birth

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Christmas, for which we are now preparing, is not simply the feast of the birth of Christ; it is the feast of His becoming human, the reality called the Incarnation. Christ took flesh within the body of the Virgin Mary when she said “Yes” to His coming, nine months before His birth. Christmas, in its full meaning, is the feast that celebrates that moment, along with His birth, as one wonderful reality of God becoming one of us.

Jesus was an embryo, a fetus, an unborn child. Life in the womb, which was already sacred because it comes from God, is now made even more holy, and worthy of our every sacrifice.

Great tool for planning your pro-life activities: The 2012 Priests for Life calendar is a great way to keep pro-life front and center in your home throughout the year. Click here to order yours today.

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How Could God Become More Approachable?

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Scripture tells us that on the first Christmas, when the shepherds arrived in Bethlehem and saw the baby in the manger, they understood what had been told to them by the angels. Why was it at that moment that they understood the message? Perhaps it is because a baby is so approachable. After all, the angels said that the Savior was born for all people. Nobody, no matter how poor or lowly, should be afraid to approach Him. How can God become more approachable than by becoming a little baby? God continues to reveal Himself in the tiny babies yet in the womb. He invites us to see Him in them, and to love Him in them.

Great tool for planning your pro-life activities: The 2012 Priests for Life calendar is a great way to keep pro-life front and center in your home throughout the year. Click here to order yours today.

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Humanity is Radically Redeemed by the Incarnation

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Augustine said of Christmas, “God became man so that man might become God.” Christmas is about a wondrous exchange of natures: God shares our frail humanity, and we share His divinity. The joy of Christmas is not just that a child is born, but that a whole new humanity is born. This new humanity is not disconnected from the old, but is radically renewed and redeemed. Just as in Adam, all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive. Christmas, then, is about the destiny of the human person. Christ promises: “I will give the victor the right to sit with Me on My throne.” Christmas goes far beyond the natural blessings of kindness, goodness, family, and giving. It is about sharing the Divine Nature, starting right now: “He who believes has eternal life.”

Great tool for planning your pro-life activities: The 2012 Priests for Life calendar is a great way to keep pro-life front and center in your home throughout the year. Click here to order yours today.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 5th, 2011


In a few days we will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Like every Feast, it is a celebration of Jesus Christ. This feast shows us that because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. The feast is a reminder that in Christ, we all will share resurrection of the body.
Mary has it now, because in the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined.
That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child. Mothers can never benefit from the destruction of their children.

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The Dignity of Humanity Derives from the Incarnation

Monday, December 20th, 2010

At Midnight Mass of Christmas, we hear the glorious announcement that a Savior has been born for us. From the beginning of time, prophets announced that the Messiah of the Lord would come. “Messiah,” or “Christ” means “Anointed One.” God anointed many people to carry out special missions for Him.

On Christmas, this prophecy was fulfilled in a surprising way, because the angels did not simply announce that Jesus was the Messiah of the Lord. They said the newborn child was Messiah AND Lord. God did not just send a Messiah. He came Himself. This Child is the God who made us all. And by coming in this way, He joined every human life, born and unborn, to Himself. Christmas is, indeed, the feast of the dignity of every human life.

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The Incarnation Gives Us a New Perspective

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Christmas, for which we are now preparing, is not simply the feast of the birth of Christ; it is the feast of His becoming human, the reality called the Incarnation. Christ took flesh within the body of the Virgin Mary when she said “Yes” to His coming, nine months before His birth. Christmas, in its full meaning, is the feast that celebrates that moment, along with His birth, as one wonderful reality of God becoming one of us.

Jesus was an embryo, a fetus, an unborn child. Life in the womb, which was already sacred because it comes from God, is now made even more holy, and worthy of our every sacrifice.

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The Savior was Born for All People

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Scripture tells us that on the first Christmas, when the shepherds arrived in Bethlehem and saw the baby in the manger, they understood what had been told to them by the angels. Why was it that they understood the message at that moment?

Perhaps it is because a baby is so approachable. After all, the angels said that the Savior was born for all people. Nobody, no matter how poor or lowly, should be afraid to approach Him. And how can God become more approachable than by becoming a little baby?

God continues to reveal Himself in the tiny babies yet in the womb. He invites us to see Him in them, and to love Him in them.

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Christmas is Not Merely an Event of the Past

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

On Good Friday, we sing, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” We imagine standing along with Mary, St. John, and the others on the first Good Friday. And the answer to the question is “Yes.” We were there, because He died for us, and our sins were on His shoulders.

What about Christmas? What if we sang, “Were you there when the King of Kings was born?” Nativity scenes, and the meditations which spiritual writers provide us about that first Christmas, help us enter in to the drama and meaning of that event.

There is a way to be there, and it is to open ourselves to the joy and meaning of the birth of every child – to see in each child, even the unwanted and unexpected, a reflection of the Christ who comes even today.

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