Planned Parenthood v. Life

10-16-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, After years of prayer, fasting, and a powerful Christian witness by Respect Life groups from faithful Catholics and the faithful witness and support from organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Planned Parenthood is struggling to promote their failed agenda against women and the unborn. The hours of standing in the hot sun, hearing the insults of passersby, resisting the temptations to give up, all speak to the grit of the prayer warriors who are fighting the good fight and standing for life!

Yes the Supreme Court’s decision to send Roe v. Wade back to the states was a huge victorious blow in the war against the unborn but it is one victory. As a result, this one decision has many abortion mills closing their doors across our nation.

Some have asked what can we do now? Until every life is protected and abortion is understood as unthinkable, there is plenty to do. First, we understand that this is primarily a spiritual battle. Pray! Pray everyday. Make visits to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Pray the rosary as a family. Fast! Fasting frees our hearts from unhealthy desires and helps to fortify us to do good for others. When we pray and fast as a community, God’s mercy flows out into the world. As one person attending 40 Days For Life once said, “You bring joy to the one place that has none. You shed light in this darkness. We know that we’re not guaranteed happiness, but we are guaranteed joy and mercy and love if we are faithful. You bring peace to this sidewalk, and you bring the Prince of Peace.”

There was a time not so long ago when abortion was viewed as a crime against humanity. This sort of thinking “evolved” and many began to believe the lie that abortion is necessary and we “need to make it [abortion] safe and rare”. Today, many people believe that abortion is not only a “right”, it gives women “dignity”. To think otherwise means that you are “intolerant” and a “hater”.

Some people believe we are living in the “end times”. We are living in the end times, but we do not know the day nor the hour. In the meantime, we are also called to be a virtuous people… to love God and love our neighbor. The Church tells us we must live in hope. That can be difficult when we are surrounded by so much sorrow and sin. Despite all our brokenness and setbacks, the beauty and the glory of God remains. Every person who ever stood up for life will have some sense of God’s awesomeness when you see the face of a child saved from death.

Archbishop Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia once said, “Our lives matter to the degree that we give them away to serve God and to help other people. Our lives matter not because of who we are. They matter because of who God is. His mercy, His justice, His love – these are the things that move the galaxies and reach into the womb to touch the unborn child with the grandeur of being human. And we become more human ourselves by seeing the humanity in the poor, the weak and the unborn child and then fighting for it.”