A Message from Father William

Friday, January 29, is the 48th March for Life, with the theme, “Together Strong: Life Unites!” The annual march commemorates 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 62 million children have been killed in the United States of America as a result. Worldwide, in 2020, the number one cause of death was abortion, with 42.7 million babies killed. 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. – 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 His disciples, we are called by God to testify to the Truth, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (see this Sunday’s Gospel, John 1:29-42; and John 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 (see this Sunday’s second reading, 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; and Ephesians 4:1-32). As members of Christ’s Body, the Church, may we proclaim the Truth with love, proclaim and respect the God-given 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’ loving 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 to prevail. 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.