I’m BackFor those of you who still check in to the old blog site and wondered to what distant planet I had escaped (No, Gina, I did not attempt to find Krypton), I can assure you that my disappearance was the result of that age old problem – time – or should I say the lack thereof. So before the Christmas season ends (we are currently celebrating the 12 days of Christmas – that is where the song came from), allow me to wish you all a very blessed holiday season. I know it may seem strange to wish you a Merry Christmas on the 5th day of January 2007, but the feast of Epiphany is January 6 (that is the day we celebrate the visit by the three kings – or magi – or wise men), and the official season does not end until that day.
Yet aside from being a father to the eleven children God has seen fit to entrust us, I had this little matter of a daughter who scheduled her wedding day the weekend following Christmas. As you might imagine, things have been quite hectic. I must confess that I have this tendency to put off things until late in the fourth quarter. Gathering the Christmas presents, meeting with Old’ St. Nick and addressing the final plans for the wedding was an adventure.
Still everything came together beautifully. Christmas was joyous. The wedding was a dream come true for my daughter and well…. Now it is back to dealing with the day-to-day realities and the importance of constantly defending the right to life.
The Christmas season should be a wake-up call for all of us who treasure life and believe in the dignity of the human person. The remembrance of the birth of Christ, His reason for becoming man and the life of this prince of peace, are all-important tools to use as we discuss the right to life. Many of us read of the story of the birth of John the Baptist – how Mary visited Elizabeth and how the unborn baby John leaped for joy in the presence of the unborn baby Jesus. Yet even the reading recall the desire of Hanna to bear a child and the joy she had in giving birth to Samuel, who became on of God’s great prophets. So it is that in both the Old and New Testaments, the respect for the sanctity of human life in the womb is dramatically expressed in the Scriptures.
A wedding too is a time to reflect on the joy of life and the expectations of the future. Children are the natural ingredients of the future. For without children, there is no future for humankind. The tragic effect of the zero population mentality and the Planned Parenthood hatred of children have decimated Europe. Meanwhile the Moslems continue to have large families and there are elements among them who have no tolerance for allowing every person to seek God on his own terms. Marriage then becomes a most important consideration in the strengthening of the values that respect life.
Thus we are reminded that in everything and in every way, we should express our love for life. Today then treat your neighbor, your co-worker, your family member with respect and consideration. Recognize the beauty in every person and realize that we are to be pro-life advocates every day in every way.
Finally I would be remiss if I did not thank God for the fact that Planned Parenthood is currently closed due to an electrical fire that seriously damaged the building. It is always a good thing when the killing stops. Perhaps we can encourage the construction industry to avoid taking blood money to rebuild this death chamber.
By the way Arizona Right to Life is transitioning to a new website. We will keep you all posted.