Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, June 14, 2010
My Experience Serving John Paul II as Deacon at Mass in 1995 in Queens New York . . .
I just found this video on Pope John Paul II's visit to New York in October 1995. It brought back many memories because I served as a deacon at the Mass he celebrated at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. What was so special was that I was on the altar, being called the last minute to assist at Mass, a total surprise and gift from the Lord! I held a ciborium filled with hosts during the consecration, there was just no more room on the altar because of the crowds of people, extra hosts were consecrated. At Communion time, I went up to the upper level and distributed Holy Communion to the faithful.
My wife and daughter were seated below in front of the altar.
The video only shows a few seconds of this beautiful Mass but here's some trivia: It rained the day before at the Evening Mass and it rained the day after at the Mass in Central Park but our day at Aqueduct was sunny and mild.
I remember when the Holy Father arrived by helicopter. It was so exciting to see him get out and walk towards us. What a day!