Readings each year are chosen from among the Masses for the dead
“The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality.” This declaration of the Church’s liturgy sheds light on her commitment to building a Culture of Life. The “Gospel of Life” is ultimately about life eternal, a pre-condition of which, of course, is natural life. In our struggle against the forces of death, we must feel its sorrow and pain. To fail to do so is to fail to be human and to fail to love.Yet we are not overwhelmed by that sorrow, nor are we caught in despair. We grieve, just as Jesus wept at Lazarus’ death, but we grieve with hope, because we know death does not have the final word. When we lose a loved one, we weep because we love that person; yet we know that the farewell is a temporary farewell. We will be reunited in the resurrection.This Christian approach to the death of an individual applies to our approach to the culture of death generally, and to the holocaust of abortion. We grieve and weep. Yet we do so with hope, and with the unshakeable confidence that the kingdom of death has already been destroyed. Pro-life work, therefore, is carried out with confidence and joy.