On our coins is inscribed the motto E Pluribus Unum, which means, “out of many, one”. This is a shorthand way of recognizing that, though we are made of many different peoples from around the world, we are one nation. In a more profound way, St. Paul has expressed a similar thought in today's second reading (from 1 Corinthians). And he is only restating – in a different way – what the Lord Himself prayed for: that we might all be one. Factions within the Church are not a new phenomenon. Right from the beginning there were squabbles and disputes. But we must never allow disagreements (frequently over petty things) distract us from the unity which Christ desires for us. That unity of faith and practice is preserved when we submit ourselves humbly to Christ and His Church. Christ established His Church upon Peter and the Apostles, whose successors are Pope Francis and the bishops in union with him. It is good to recall that Bishop William Callahan is also successor to the Apostles. Pray that he might be a good and holy shepherd and that we might humbly follow his lead.
50 years ago today the Supreme Court decided the Roe v. Wade case, and effectively legalized abortion throughout our country. For most of the years following we have been observing this day with solemn prayer and public protest in the support of life. Who could have thought that the same Supreme Court would over turn this infamous ruling, as it did this past year in the Dobb’s case? A just nation should seek to protect the rights and dignity of every person, and welcome every child into the world as a gift from God and a blessing to the family and society. And every baptized child enriches the life of the Church!
May God bless you!