Friday, September 5, 2014

Spirit and Life: Evil Cannot Be Hidden!


"We pray for an end to senseless violence and dawn of peace and reconciliation among all members of the human family."
- Pope Francis: August 25, 2014
The slaughter of Christians and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq by a group known as the "Islamic State" is horrific news. Images of crucifixions, beheadings, the burials of living women and children, and other gruesome executions of the innocent seem surreal. Hearing about these atrocities is awakening many to this emerging, though not new, evil. Pope Francis has condemned the violence on more than one occasion, calling the faithful to pray for an end to the violence.
Who would think that censoring these violent images would enable us to better understand the men who chose to commit these evil acts? Should we see perpetrators in a more caring context in order to "humanize" them, and set aside any judgments of what they actually do?
The risk of such false "humanization" is in its denial of the humanity of their victims. Taxpayer-funded PBS stations recently aired After Tiller, a documentary created to "humanize" four of the doctors in the United States who kill viable babies in the womb. After Tiller, its producers tell us, was intended to get beyond the politics of the "complicated" issue of abortion, past the heated language of the debate. It humanizes the doctors as persons who are just trying to "help" women, even as they risk being killed by pro-life Christians. [Click for the full commentary.]
Pray that those with political power will seek real wisdom in stopping the violence of the Islamic State. Pray that the violence of abortion will also come to light and that hearts and minds will be changed. But let our prayers also move us to action in defending life in our own communities, politically, and in every other way possible.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International

by HLI Staff Reports
1000 Crosses March for Life
Flanked by 120 law enforcement officers, 300 pro-life demonstrators marched the streets of Salzburg, Austria in peaceful solidarity. Several protesters were detained by police as the marchers carried white crosses, a symbol of the 1,000 human beings massacred every day through legalized abortion in Austria and Germany. Banners reading "1000 Ungeborene Jeden Tag" ("1,000 Unborn Every Day")"commemorates the tragedy of unborn human beings who are denied life every day," said Johannes Bucher, director of HLI-Europe. In partnership with other pro-life organizations including Europrolife and Lifecenters, Bucher plans to organize additional marches to defend life for the voiceless. [more]

From Ocean to Ocean

The Black Madonna Saved From Fire!
by Father Peter West with Chris Morales
Arriving in the small, coastal town of Crescent City, California on July 24, our entourage was welcomed by Father Adam Kotas, pastor of St. Joseph Church. He and other pro-life faithful hosted a well-attended neighborhood procession and Eucharistic Adoration with the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa prior to Mass that evening. [more]
The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Follow Father West's pilgrimage with the Black Madonna.

Father Shenan J. Boquet
HLI President
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