Diocese across the United States are observing Jan. 22 as a special day of prayer for full legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person. Martin Luther King Jr. once famously commented in the context of civil rights legislation that while it is true that morality cannot be legislated, civil legal recognition is necessary both to protect the oppressed and as a sure guide and support to the unperceiving.
I would say that while laws are to be ardently worked for, the most important work to be done is the transforming of hearts so that no one will ever WANT to have an abortion! This is the work of Grace and evangelization. We know that abortion
comes from fear and desperation. As Christians we can offer a message of hope and love. We can offer the message that Jesus is with them now and through everything that will happen and will never abandon them for a moment. The truth is that without the strength and hope that comes from coming to know Jesus personally, as lovingly and continually present as God and the Best Friend, we will not be able to overcome the temptation to rescue ourselves from difficult and overwhelming situations. Our culture wants to offer parents in an overwhelming situation an easy way out…but there IS NO EASY WAY OUT. Abortion causes tremendous harm to those who have recourse to it, because even if they cannot admit it to themselves, at a deep level they know what has been done. Only by the example of God’s fidelity on the Cross even to death can we find the hope to say Yes to the hard but beautiful way of giving life to others, of sacrificial love. That is not the consumeristic message. America will never give up abortion until it turns to Jesus. May our culture experience the power of God’s forgiving and transforming love, that all eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.
The best way for Christians to bear witness to Jesus is to offer welcome, fellowship, love and support. Check out the Church initiative: Walking With Mom’s In Need https://www.walkingwithmoms.com/
God bless you all,
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