From our Pastor: January 19, 2020

This Friday, January 24, is the 47th 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). 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. We have a 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. Mary, Mother of mercy, pray for us. Jesus, we trust in You: have mercy
on us and on the whole world.

With peace and prayers in Christ,
Fr. William

Building a culture of Life: Women’s Care Center, 3711 Orin Road, Madison, (608)241-
8100, womenscarecenter.org; Clarity Clinic, 185 E. Pine St., Platteville, (608)348-5787;
priestsforlife.org; Heartbeat 800-712-HELP; National Life Center 800-848-LOVE;
Birthright 800-550-4900; Good Counsel Homes 800-723-8331; Rachel’s Vineyard
(if you suffered an abortion), 877-HOPE-4-ME (877-467-3463), rachelsvineyard.org;
Elizabeth House 608-259-1606; American Life League, ALL.org; Wisconsin Right to
Life 877-855-5007; Grant County Right to Life; Pro-Life Wisconsin 262-796-1111;
vigilforlife.org; 9daysforlife.com.

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