It is essential (most especially after the November 2016 election) that practicing Catholics renew their witness of Faith and Life. All of us are required to make this witness to the “Gospel of Life” in a public display. The greatest scandal to our country (and to our world) is the majority of the “American Catholic vote” is seduced by the pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-culture of death. It is for this reason I am calling the parishes under my authority to step forward this year and join me TO BE SEEN in guiding and encouraging the citizens of South Dakota next Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 2:00 PM in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre. (And also, the Life Chain will be from 12:30-1:30 PM, meeting in the north parking lot of the State Capitol – Life needs your Light (and your presence.) We are so lucky to live near Pierre – not having to drive as far as so many will – to represent Life.
St. John’s Gospel continually refers to Jesus, in Whom we place our faith, as “Life” many times. To say “yes” to Christ is to say “yes” to life. And to say yes to life is to say no to whatever destroys it. People of faith work to end abortion. As we celebrated the renewal of Christmas, let’s renew our pro-life commitment and increase our prolife activities. (What a great gift we can give to the Baby Jesus…our presence and public support of the most vulnerable of modern society…a baby child in the womb.)
“I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world. Your nation was founded on the proposition—very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight—that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.”
(Concluding statement of the amicus brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Loce v. New Jersey and Krail et al. v. New Jersey in February 1994, by: Saint Teresa of Calcutta.)