All Life is sacred!

The month of January is full of different events, prayers, reflections, and activities that  remind us that life is sacred.  You can go online, to see that the whole country is very active, and you will find many different events. For us, there are just two in which I would ask you to participate.

  • The first one is a Mass “for Life” celebrated by our Bishop Patrick McGrath, organized by the Knights of Columbus, here at Saint Martin, Wednesday, January 22nd, at 7.:00 PM.
  • The second is the Walk for Life in San Francisco, Saturday, January 25th, at noon.

Why we do feel that we need to pray and participate in these events? The reason is simple: Life should be respected in all of its manifestations.

Almost a month ago, Pope Francis, speaking about the Virgin of Guadalupe, said:

Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together; a land prepared to accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age; a land which welcomes immigrants, and the poor and the marginalized, in every age. A land of generosity.  That is the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it is also my message, the message of the Church. I ask all the people of the Americas to open wide their arms, like the Virgin, with love and tenderness.

When we say that life is sacred, we mean life in the womb and after, born and unborn. Our concern for the life of those in the wombs of their mothers, cannot erase or diminish our concern for the life of others: the poor, the elderly, the suffering and the dying.

It seems unbelievable that at the same time medicine is able to cure all kinds of illness, we have not advanced in the respect for human life from conception until natural death.

Also we pray for the respect of life and for an end to abortion, but I think we need to go deeper and see why someone would do such a thing. What are the factors that make abortion seem necessary to some parents?  We need to ask ourselves what we have done to address those problems and pray to change them as well. Pope Francis speaks clearly to us on this point:

It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?

 (Evangelii Gaudium, 214).

Please join me in praying for life.

Fr. Sergio