From our Pastor: January 20, 2019

This past Friday, January 18, was the 46th March for Life commemorating the tragic Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973, that has legalized abortion in the United States through all nine months of pregnancy. Nearly 60 million children have been killed as a result. At the time of this column, hundreds of thousands of people are planning to be in Washington, DC, at the annual March for Life (In solidarity with the March, please consider praying for a greater respect for life and for the closure of
Planned Parenthood’s local abortion center, 3706 Orin Road, Madison. The Diocese of Madison March for Life will be at 11:30am, Tuesday, January 22, at the Wisconsin State Capitol). Throughout the country, millions of people will be praying for the rights of pre-born children, calling for their protection and their right to live, witnessing to the dignity of every human person made in the image and likeness of God. This annual event is no less important than the civil rights marches of the 1960s with Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., whom we remember this week – indeed, the civil rights movement of our day is for our brothers and sisters in the womb. May God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless all who are giving witness to the sanctity of life, stirring the conscience of our nation. May God’s blessings of life, liberty and happiness be protected and defended for all of God’s children.

As disciples of Christ, we are called by God to testify to the Truth, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ( John 1:29-42; 14:6), to be holy, to give witness to His love and mercy. Jesus Christ gave His life for you and me, to redeem us – every single one of us, born and pre-born (1 Corinthians 6:13-20; Ephesians 4:1-32). As members of Christ’s Body, the Church, may we proclaim the Truth with love, proclaim and respect the Godgiven right to life of every human being, from conception to natural death – indeed, God has known us since before we were in our mother’s womb ( Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 49:1; Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15).

God calls us to be a people of life. It is our duty to intervene for the victims of abortion, just as we help victims of other injustices. So, we pray, march, and get involved in pro-life groups. Please pray: for all pre-born children, and for their parents to choose life; for all the moms and dads who are victims of abortion – that they seek Jesus’ forgiveness, mercy and healing, and that they know that we forgive and love them, too; for the closing of abortion clinics and the conversion of all who advocate abortion as a “right
to privacy” or “choice” (denying the baby’s right/choice); and for a culture of Life. Jesus, we trust in You: have mercy on us and on the whole world.

With peace and prayers in Christ,
Fr. William

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