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.
Doctor Brian Clowes and I are on
our way back to Virginia from the Philippines. We had a whirlwind week,
speaking to many laity, priests, bishops, and seminarians about the need
to be bold and faithful in preaching the Gospel of Life.
our loving God who will transform cultures, and He asks us to be His
voice, His hands and His feet. So many friends of ours in the
Philippines are following this call with courage, even as the Culture of
Death seeks to consolidate its recent wins in this country. Sadly,
others are taking an attitude of accommodation, as if the promoters of
abortion, contraception and the redefinition of marriage will be
satisfied with good will concessions.
When you speak the truth
boldly, you will see some conversions, as with our fearless director of
Asia and Oceania, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, who was also our gracious host on
this trip. She once promoted population control for the Philippines
ministry of public health, before seeing its real effect on her people
and having a radical conversion. It is important to engage at the level
of reason and good faith. But never concede an inch to error or false
compromise in the area of politics, culture or even in personal
conversations. To do so is, as we say in America, a one-way ratchet. You
won't get that back. Do not give an inch to sin and error, all while
loving the other. Pope Benedict made this crucial point memorably in Caritas in Veritate:
in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be
authentically lived. Truth is the light that gives meaning and value to
charity. That light is both the light of reason and the light of
faith, through which the intellect attains to the natural and
supernatural truth of charity: it grasps its meaning as gift,
acceptance, and communion. Without truth, charity degenerates into
sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an
arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing
love. It falls prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions,
the word "love" is abused and distorted, to the point where it comes to
mean the opposite.
The big news today is, of course, the release of Amoris Laetitia,
the apostolic exhortation meant to present Pope Francis's position on
all the issues discussed during the Synod on the Family. We will not
have an official statement on the content of the document until we have
had a chance to thoroughly review it, and there simply has not been time
for a careful reading.
Of course, no one can "change doctrine,"
in the sense of reversing long held Magisterial positions of the
Catholic Church, and we should be clear about this point whenever we
speak about it. This does not mean that there are no potential risks
involved. The confusion that was rampant at the Synod and in its wake is
an indication of the very real risks to souls, and there is the risk of
demoralizing those who have made heroic sacrifices to live the truth of
Church teaching with regard to marriage. It is ours to remain in the
Truth of Christ, to be faithful, and to keep telling the truth even when
confusion seems to reign.
Our first and constant work that must
be done is prayer. Stay close to the sacraments, ask for God's grace to
help you grow in holiness, remember the true and unchanging Source of
our hope and faith and love. Do not give in to fear. Pray for our Holy
Father, for our shepherds and priests.
Thank you for praying for
me, for our missionaries and our mission. Know that you, HLI's
supporters, are in my prayers at every Mass.
"As we continue to fight for life and family, we must place our
trust entirely in God and His divine mercy," said Lech Kowalewski, who
collaborated in the writing of the Declaration. "The only substantial
change in cultures where the Culture of Death had reigned has come where
the people turned explicitly to the Theotokos, the Mother of God, and
asked for her help and intercession with her Son." - continue -
In 1997 St. John Paul II declared Therese a doctor of the Church, a
rare designation of honor granted by the Holy Father. Although she
never left the cloister, she joined as patron to the missions by St.
Francis Xavier, who traveled to Asia and facilitated many conversions
to the Faith. Therese herself, as she wrote in Story of a Soul,
desired to be transferred to the Carmelite Monastery of Hanoi, but was
not permitted to go due to her health. Hence, she became a kind of
spiritual missionary, and through her prayers and sacrifices probably
many more may have been saved than through the efforts of other great
missionaries. She heroically offered all her sufferings to Christ to
obtain the conversion of so many brethren still living in darkness. - continue -
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