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.
is your Lent so far? Mine has begun in Belarus, where I am traveling
with HLI Europe's Joannes Bucher and our gracious hosts. They've kept us
busy, in a very good way. We've driven over 2,000 km in between Minsk,
Pinsk and other Belorussian communities, sharing the Gospel of Life and
meeting other leaders.
have more to say about this trip later, but for now I will just say how
encouraging it is to have open support for life and family at the level
of national politics. Belarus has not completely rolled back its
abortion disaster, but they are strongly defending marriage, beginning
to enact restrictions on abortion, and we have seen many pro-life and
pro-marriage billboards in prominent places. See some of the photos and
meet our new friends at HLI's Facebook page.
_We beg you to please protect every life_
my Lenten observances include a fast from the internet. OK, this is
mostly forced since we just haven't had much access, but I'm going to
joking aside, I pray that Ash Wednesday has begun a fruitful
penitential season for you and for all the faithful. What a gift it is
that our Holy Church prepares for the passion, death, and resurrection
of Our Lord Jesus Christ with a season in which we mortify the senses
and desires, and focus instead on loving service and sacrifice. Don't miss this opportunity - you can still begin today!
I encourage you to read Monsignor Barreiro's article on natural law, and Allison LeDoux's article
on yesterday's World Day of the Sick. Her meditation on the value of
suffering would be good to contemplate and share this Lent, as we offer
up our pains and difficulties to the One Who suffered the most unjust
and brutal death. He can truly transform our suffering through grace in
ways that will always amaze.
Our Lord is so good! Have a wonderful Lent, and thank you again many times over for your continued prayers and support for HLI.
Even within the Church we see how the forces of relativism
are active, though such positions were denounced by Cardinal Ratzinger
in his well-known homily at the Mass
"Pro Eligendo Romano Ponfice" just before he was elected pope. This
relativism leads to the rejection of natural law based on the supposed
authority of varying cultures to which one belongs. Such contradictory
moral pluralism is contrary to the will of God, the Source of the
universal natural law. In these times of confusion the Catholic
principle of discernment to which we should hold was formulated many
centuries ago by Cesareo of Arles: "What has been always, everywhere and from all believed and practiced." - continue -
Jesus Himself is the Divine Physician. The miracle at Cana
was the first of many miracles in which Jesus showed the presence of God
- we see throughout the Gospels how the blind regained sight, the deaf
could hear, the lame walked, lepers were cleansed, demons cast out, sins
forgiven, and heavy burdens made light. And just as Jesus called His
disciples to be servants, starting with stewards at the wedding feast
who unhesitatingly and generously followed Jesus' command to fill the
jars with water, Jesus calls us too, to serve and care for the sick with
the same faith-filled readiness. - continue -
Send a reminder: Catholic=Pro-Life!
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