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Gift and Beauty of Life

Jun 15

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Over the weekend of May 26 and 27, I read in dismay as I saw that Ireland had repealed article 8 of their constitution that limited abortion to only cases of when the mother’s life was at risk. This vote opens the door for legislators to allow abortion on demand in a once proud and staunchly Catholic country, one of the last bastions of a Pro-Life nation in an increasingly secularized and post-Modern West. For many in the Pro-Life cause around the world, this vote was of a particularly sad note. It was the first time in history that the protection of life was stripped from children in the womb by a referendum election, as opposed to legislative action or judicial fiat (as was the case in our country via the Roe v. Wade decision.)

As I read about the referendum on Saturday morning, I pondered how we got to this point in our history, and I wept. We have fallen so far from the Christian values that once served as the foundation for our laws and morals, in such a short time, I wonder where we will be in just another five year’s time.

Truth, the truth that life begins at conception, the truth that there is a concrete moral law, the truth that there are even definitive notions of ‘right vs. wrong,’ the truth that evil is in the world and is seeking to thwart the Good; Truth no longer has any meaning and the foundations of a proud and staunch Western Society and Culture are eroding away, quickly. And it makes me weep. My heart is truly sad as I ponder where this world is going.

But there are signs of hope. Every year, the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, grows; even as there are more and more ‘local’ Marches in state capitals and major cities throughout our country. Even internationally, more countries are hosting an annual ‘March for Life’ on the anniversary of the date where abortion became legal in that country. Even locally, the Cross the Bridge for Life on the first Sunday of June continues to grow in number, as well.

This is all a good reminder that our response to the Culture of Death, as Pope St. John Paul II so precisely named the movement, is on multiple fronts. The initial call is the call to prayer. To pray for the gift of life, to pray for the conversion of those who are in the abortion and ‘pro-death’ camps. (Abby Johnson attributes the constant prayer in front of the abortion clinic where she worked with her conversion to the Pro-Life side and to the Catholic Church.) This prayer must happen daily and fervently.

But there is an imperative to also respond positively. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Elizabeth New Life Center and Healthy Beginnings have recently partnered to open a pro-life health clinic next to the Forest Park Kroger.

There are also plenty of other prayer opportunities as well. Every Saturday at 8 AM, the Helpers’ of God’s Precious Infants offer Mass near the abortion mill in Mt. Auburn. I’m blessed to say that Mass on the first Saturday of the ‘even’ months of the year. It would be an honor to have parishioners join that Mass. There are also two campaigns a year of Forty Days for Life where a parish steps up to commit to praying in front of planned-parenthood for at least one of those days during the campaign. It would be a true blessing for these two parishes to make that commitment, as well.

Finally, the greatest voices for the power of the Pro-Life movement are those who are victims of the lies of the pro-abortion agenda: mothers who have been healed; in particular through the efforts of groups like Project Rachel among others. Prayers and support for this so valuable of a ministry are also greatly appreciated.

Please continue to pray for the gift and beauty of life to spread in our country and our world.

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel

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