January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Praying for Life
Tomorrow, January 22nd, we remember the 45th anniversary of the horrific supreme court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. For this reason, this day has become an important day of prayer and demonstration for the protection of life from conception until natural death. I want to personally invite the entire parish to join me at two opportunities to support life:
Sunday, January 21st, we will have a Holy Hour at St. Nicholas from 4-5pm to pray for life. We will pray together for those who have been wounded by abortion, for respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, and that those who govern us may be guided by justice, truth, and a love for the gift of life. (Come over after Bingo ; )
Monday, January 22nd, is the rally at the St. Paul Cathedral and Minnesota State Capital. It begins with a prayer service at the Cathedral at 10:30am, followed by a rally at the Capital at noon.
Planned Parenthood just released their 2016-2017 annual report, and it shows that they committed 321,384 abortions last year alone. That’s nearly 1/3 of a million people whose smiles we will never see, whose talents we will never know, and who will never have the opportunity in this world to love and be loved as a creature created in the image and likeness of God.
But more than that, Planned Parenthood alone is responsible for the deaths of over 7.6 million human babies since it legally began performing abortions in 1973 following Roe. vs. Wade. And we, the US Taxpayers, were forced to give Planned Parenthood more than $543 million dollars last year to carry out their “business”.
We need to continue praying for life, for the day when life will again be respected in our world from conception until natural death.
One of my favorite Christian music groups is Casting Crowns. And on their Christmas CD, (which I think is the best ever), they have one song that came to mind in particular as I was thinking about this topic of praying for life. The song is called “While you were sleeping”, and talks about how Bethlehem missed recognizing Jesus because it was “sleeping”, and there was no room in the inn. It then goes on to ask if the United States too is sleeping and will miss Jesus.
In particular, the song has a line that says, “…while we’re sound to sleep by philosophies of save the trees and kill the children…” Our culture has done a great job of convincing us to protect the trees and the rest of the planet, but it has neglected those who should be the most treasured in our world: children, including the unborn.
Please join me at the upcoming prayer opportunities for life, and perhaps more importantly, please add to your daily prayers a prayer for the protection of life in our world.
You are in my daily prayers too.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke