“Human life is sacred.” This is certainly a tenet of our Catholic Faith, and indeed should be for all Christians. Nevertheless, the effort to restore respect for and the dignity of human life is not only a religious issue. The founding document of our nation proclaims that each and every person has the “unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Good old-fashioned common sense confirms what we also believe by faith: human life is unique and precious. That is why men and women of good will - of every faith, and of no faith - see the truth clearly and eloquently taught by the late Pope Saint John Paul II. We seem to be slipping more deeply into a “culture of death.” To prevent this slide from destroying us, said the Holy Father, we must embrace a true “culture of life.” This means we must work continuously to foster an attitude in ourselves and in others which respects the dignity of every human life. Certainly, many in our parishes and community already do this by their support of worthy efforts like Pro-Life Wisconsin, Birthright, 40 Days for Life, food pantries, and many others. The 51st anniversary of Roe V. Wade (though overturned last year) still provides the occasion to make your voice heard publicly as a witness for life: in your conversations with your children, co-workers, family members, or with fellow students. If the Spirit moves you, you can even write a letter to the Editor of the local papers as a public witness. And of course, carefully examine where the candidates & political parties stand on the ‘life issues’ whenever you vote for our government representatives.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Gather up all your dried palms from past years and bring them to church (gather space at SVdP, Holy Family Cenacle at SSPP). We will burn them after Mass on Sunday, February 11, and the ashes will be used to mark our heads on Ash Wednesday to signify our embrace of the penitential season of Lent.
May God bless you!