Three extraordinary priests were called home to the Lord recently: Cardinal Avery Dulles, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, and Msgr. William Smith. These were men who articulated in a brilliant way the teachings of the Gospel as they apply to our modern world, and especially as they relate to the right to life. I was privileged to know each of them personally, to learn from their wisdom and to compare notes with them in the battle for the sanctity of life. Their absence from the earthly battle is a reminder to all of us that we have to redouble our own efforts, and raise up new leadership for the cause of life. Let us pray for our priests and pastors; let us equip and encourage them to be bold and effective witnesses for life.