(Another beautiful day to March for Life…because everyday is!)
The March for Life took place on Monday and was cold, wet, and WONDERFUL! Thousands upon thousands of people showed up in the dreadful weather and proceeded to fight for the right to life. I was among those there, so be sure to check out my Twitter and Facebook pages for some videos of my exploits, including including another breakdancing cleric.
(Tweeting to an extreme. The March for Life always brings about so many good things, it’s hard not try and keep track of it all.)
Last week, we traveled back to January 2008 as I compared Jesus’ Way of the Cross as being the first March for Life (check it out here). This week, we remember the March for Life 2009 in my blog post “Inaugurating A Movement for Life”, and as we head into an election year, we want to make sure that we help to put an end to abortion by fighting for the family and for life. And with next year’s March being the 40th Anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, it is only appropriate that it is the same week as the inauguration of our 45th President. So let us fight for life in this year’s election and hope that next year’s inauguration will be a truly joyous occasion. And hopefully, I’ll see you in D.C. on one year from today for the March for Life 2013!
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Inaugurating a New Movement for Life
Some of the major moments of this week are strangely tied together. These events should be unified if America truly hopes to stay united. How providential that our Catholic Faith celebrates a week of Christian unity.
(Picture of some of my classmates at our 10 year reunion. Despite our many differences, we are still one in faith.)
As Americans celebrate the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama – a real testament to the greatness of the Civil Rights Movement and the inclusive spirit of our democracy – another group of Americans will celebrate the 36th annual March for Life, the movement for true understanding of our responsibility to protect our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These historic moments are intimately related, requiring our country and our world to pray as one human family.
Since I write these weekly messages a few days before they are published, I can’t predict what will happen at any of these events. I only pray that all goes smoothly. I also beg the good Lord that the true spirit that makes America the United States will bring people together to inaugurate a new movement; not just a new presidency, but a renewed movement to see the dignity and sanctity of human life. And, what is that true spirit? It is, of course, the Holy Spirit, our Lord and giver of life.
(This is the view of the main altar. See the Holy Spirit above?)
By now, you know my position on our nation’s laws and how I will always side with upholding and maintaining the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Why? Without a firm position on what makes life sacred, society can be easily influenced to believe just about anything that may harm and degrade humanity. The tyranny of relativism is dangerous, and it has affected our politicians who claim to be believers. Looking at our lawmakers, it’s easy to see how their relativistic and utilitarian mentality makes them believe that life is only worth protecting and saving if it’s useful. That’s why children, especially unborn children, are threatened by a culture that may not see their potential in a mother’s womb.
I thank God that President Obama’s mother saw the potential of her child. Despite the challenges that the young Obama must have faced growing up (especially as a biracial child) he had an extremely supportive mother and grandparents. His success is the fruit of a loving family. Without families coming together to promote the dignity of every human life, our dreams for hope or change remain political rhetoric.
In this week packed with so many fruits of the Holy Spirit, we cannot forget to be thankful for all the ways that God has blessed our world. Even though I completely disagree with the current President’s promise to give more leeway for abortions, I still thank God the nation stayed together (and surprisingly peaceful) after such contentious elections. I now pray that President Obama can see Thursday’s gathering of Americans significant and worth listening to, as the pro-life movement is such a young movement.
The recent death of Fr. Richard Neuhaus reminds me of how powerfully he allowed the Civil Rights Movement to change his life. He realized that human rights are not limited to social or racial activism. In order to be truly socially just and to afford equal rights to all, we must pay close attention to human life. Fr. Neuhaus said it best: the pro-life movement is the natural extension of the Civil Rights Movement. Interestingly enough, Dr. King’s dream is not yet realized, even with an African American president, until we see the dignity of every human life. If you don’t believe me, just listen to what Dr. King’s niece, Alveda King, has to say about it. She now works with Priest for Life to show how the pro-life movement is not a political group, but a group of true Americans.
Our Grace Before Meals family recognizes that our American family must see the connection between Tuesday’s Inauguration, Thursday’s March for Life, and this week’s prayer for Christian unity.
The only way we can have true hope is if we change this culture of death into a culture that is truly pro-life.
Can our country come together as truly united states that protect the dignity of life from conception to natural death? Yes, we can.
An Unlikely Combination – Beef Stew-styled Crab Soup
Somehow strange combinations seem to work. If the Inauguration crowd joined the March for Life, that would be a strange combination. But, it would really work because they share the dignity of life as their base.
The same is true for a very simple recipe. Obviously fresh ingredients are always better than canned, but I think I came up with a real winner. This strange combination works because of the soup’s great broth base. It’s crab soup made out of canned beef stew.
This warm soup would definitely be a crowd pleaser for all those who gather in freezing temperatures this week to celebrate and march for change. Click here for the recipe.
Inaugurating Life in the Spirit of Unity
This prayer comes from the opening prayer for Christian unity that we pray at Mass.
Almighty and eternal God, You keep together those You have united. Look kindly on all who follow Jesus, Your Son. We are all consecrated to You by our common baptism; make us one in the fullness of faith and keep us one in the fellowship of love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit; one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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