I am aiming to be praying down at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts, 470 Pleasant St., at 2 pm today. Please join me if you are in the area!
If you see me bundled in my dark brown down coat, come say hello. Warning: I won’t last long in this cold!
But most of all, rededicate yourself to God’s plan of marriage in whatever way you can. That is the key.
Today is a sad day.
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been forty years since the Supreme Court of the United States made abortion legal.
I ask you to think of one thing on this day when we unite in offering to God our sorrow for this terrible reality of babies taken from their mothers’ wombs.
Abortion is the result of forgetting that God had a plan for man and woman.
Rather, abortion on the scale that we witness today in America is the logical consequence of forgetting that a baby is meant to be the expression of love between a man and a woman who have pledged themselves to unity.
Marriage is the solution to abortion.
Of course, we will always have abortion and all the other ills of our human nature with us. We will always have to fight this fight. With the sheer numbers of babies being killed, it’s very good to march on Washington. It’s good to fight for just laws. It’s very good to try to give witness at an abortion clinic and pray there.
We have to rescue babies.
Rescuing babies is pulling them out of the stream of death as they come by, at great risk to ourselves. It’s reaching out to their mothers who are being sucked under by the maelstrom.
And then some of us must climb upriver to see who or what is throwing them in at the top.
If we want to solve the problem of abortion as a way of life, which is what we have today in our country, we must think of how the babies and their sad mothers are being thrown into the river of death.
Then we must acknowledge and proclaim that a baby is safest when it’s born to a mother and a father who have promised before God and man that they will form a family.
Marriage doesn’t just happen, and isn’t one option among many. It’s an institution that requires great commitment from every person in society, for the simple reason (among many complex ones) that when families are formed through marriage, the weak are given their best chance at being protected.
Today, possibly the greatest act of love for the unborn that you could make is striving your utmost to heal and promote and maintain and provide for and respect marriage.
Know that your own marriage is a good for the whole community. Every person you know — and many you will never see — benefits from your fidelity, your struggle, your resolve to love and honor your spouse. Your sufferings are a fitting incense rising to God — they are not in vain.
When you appreciate your husband as the protector and provider of this safe haven for you and your children, you help the unborn.
When he loves and protects you and your children, he offers society a church in miniature — a sanctuary — and babies everywhere are safer.
Know that when you raise your children to love and respect marriage by treating their own bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit, you are fighting abortion with all your might. Every watchful, protective moment you spend guarding your children’s purity is a blow against the scourge of abortion.
When you teach your children to internalize the reality that they have a precious gift to give to someone, a gift that, in its turn, will enrich the whole community and the whole world, you do something noble for the fight for the unborn.
When you protect your young children from hearing about offenses against purity and witnessing acts and sights that can only disturb them, you strengthen the fight against abortion.
Know that when you help friends thinking of divorce, showing them that their unity means the world to you — or when you speak to a young woman of respect for her body or to a young man of respect for women, you turn the tide against the violence done to the smallest infant in the womb.
When you show that you believe a child is safest with a mother and a father in a family, and meant by God to be there, you work for the unborn.