Hey, how’s it going? How are the New Year’s resolutions coming? I just want to take some time to thank all of the people in our three parishes that make our parishes great communities of faith…many of them do all of their work as volunteers. So thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.
This week marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision to legalize the killing of the most innocent and helpless among us. This week I’ll be heading to Washington, D.C. with other people from our diocese. It is about a 20 hour bus ride. On Friday, the anniversary, we will march with 600,000 other people standing up for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. The 600,000 are not old like me, but a majority of them are young people. Two of my favorite colleges, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, each bring about 7 or 8 buses to the March.
Did you that Norma L. McCorvey, whose attorneys used the alias Jane Roe for her when trying her case, is now pro-life? She was baptized a Christian in 1994 and voiced her remorse for her part in the Roe versus Wade decision. In 1998, she was received into the Catholic Church and now fights vehemently for pro-life causes. In her second book, Won by Love, published in 1998, she wrote:
“I was sitting in O.R.’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. ‘Norma’, I said to myself, ‘They’re right’. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that’s a baby! It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that’s a baby!”
“I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’. It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’. It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion — at any point — was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.”
So pray for me, pray for all of the marchers, pray for not just an end to legalization of abortions, but for a change of heart for the people in this great nation of ours. Pray that we become truly pro-life, supporting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Pray also for those in the abortion business. Pray that they see the truth of what they are doing. Pray that they see that they are actually harming women.
Okay, this article is way too long already. Father Pick will have the Masses next weekend. I leave Wednesday afternoon and I’ll be back late on Sunday.
Take care and God bless,