Christmas is God in human language. It is not simply about the birth of a child, but rather the coming of the one who will preach the Sermon on the Mount, instruct us by parables, and establish his Church.
This is why it makes no sense to welcome the child but reject his teachings. It is inconsistent to prepare for and celebrate Christmas but refuse to accept the fullness of the Gospel that this child proclaimed.
That Gospel has taught from the beginning that life must be protected, including life in the womb. There can be no such thing as a “pro-choice Christian.” A rejection of even a single life is a rejection of Christ himself.
This Advent and Christmas, let us welcome Christ and all those whom he loves.
The Christmas song “O Holy Night” includes the following words: “Truly he taught us to love one another. His law is love, and his gospel is peace. Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, and in his name all oppression shall cease.”
This is a reminder that as we celebrate Christmas, we renew our commitment to ending all oppression, particularly of those who are most oppressed, the children living before birth within their mothers…children who have been deprived of legal protection, and are oppressed by the mythology of choice.
In the name of the newborn Christ, the oppression of our unborn children will cease. May Christmas give us the strength to be silent no more, and more active than ever in the pro-life cause.
The US bishops have asked that at every mass a prayer be offered for the defense of human life. This request is in their pastoral plan for pro-life activities.
To help parishes fulfill this request, Priests for Life prepares an entire set of Prayers of the Faithful for each Sunday of the year, based on the readings for that Sunday.
Among these petitions each week is a prayer for an end to abortion and other forms of violence, and for the growth of a Culture of Life.
At priestsforlife.org/intercessions, you will be able to find these prayers for Mass each weekend. Please bring these to the attention of your priest and encourage him to use them for the Prayers of the Faithful. Visit priestsforlife.org/intercessions.
A new Pew Forum study found that in the news coverage of the elections of 2008, only one per cent of the news coverage was related to abortion issues. The study looked at over seventy-five hundred news stories from 48 news outlets, between June 1 to October 15.
This, of course, would explain part of the reason why many voters elected candidates without knowing where they stood on the abortion issue. The campaigns themselves, of course, also are reluctant to raise the topic, for fear that it will only inflame controversy.
It would be wrong, therefore, for any elected official to claim that the American people are calling in this election for fewer restrictions on abortion. If anything, Americans want far more restrictions on abortion, and in fact want it banned in most cases.