St. Paul urges us
“to live in a manner worthy of the call … with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of spirit through the bond of peace.”
We know this is not easy! It reminds us of our need for God!
This week we saw the shock and outrage over the alleged selling of baby parts by Planned Parenthood, a leading perpetrator of abortion and an organization that receives government funding despite attempts to stop it. Not long ago the callous and macabre spectacle of an abortionist who committed heinous crimes with lack of oversight confronted the nation. We are amazed at cavalier attitudes toward marriage by many of the elite in our society, seeming to miss the immense importance its support has for our future. And this week the 10th Circuit ruled that the “Little Sisters of the Poor”, who dedicate their lives to caring for the elderly and frail and are mendicant (beg for resources to support their service), have been ordered to pay for birth control (including cancer causing and body altering drugs) and abortifacients (“embryocidal”) against their religious liberty or face outrageous financial fines. We need to respond, but with love.
Pope Francis lays out clearly the root of these outrages:
“In the absence of objective truths or sound principles other than satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, what limits can be placed on human trafficking, organized crime, the drug trade, commerce in blood diamonds and the fur of endangered species? Is it not the same relativistic logic which justifies buying the organs of the poor for resale or use in experimentation, or eliminating children because they are not what their parents wanted? This same ‘use and throw away’ logic generates so much waste, because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary. We should not think that political efforts or the force of law will be sufficient to prevent actions which affect the environment because, when the culture itself is corrupt and objective truth and universally valid principles are no longer upheld, then laws can only be seen as arbitrary impositions or obstacles to be avoided”
(On Care For Our Common Home [Laudato Si], 123)
. We seek the special intercession of St. Anne, who persevered in faith and hope and received the inestimable grace of being the grandmother of Jesus, as we travel today to her national shrine.
“Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start…
No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful, or our God-given ability to respond to his grace at work deep in our hearts”
In Christ, Son of Mary, Grandson of Anne,