Today, there are millions of innocent babies that are being slaughtered around the world. Through the crime of abortion, countless lives are lost every single day. It has been estimated that there are thousands upon thousands of abortions being performed in the United States every single day. Every year, the number of aborted children amount to more deaths than any of the wars that America has fought including the Civil War and the Vietnam conflict.
With the FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act) coming into full view with the upcoming Obama administration, it is time for us to act in the name of all that is right and truthful. America has requested “change,” but I am not sure that the changes which are coming are of God. The FOCA is nothing more than an affront against everything that the Church has held sacred since time immemorial. It brings into question the sanctity of human life and whether it is our right to end it in utero. Not only this, but it goes against the right of parents to stop their child from having an abortion. In effect, the FOCA would legalize abortion in the United States, when so many people have fought for so long to have Roe v. Wade overturned.
It seems to me that FOCA, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. It could very well be that we will see homosexual marriages also legalized during the upcoming years of the Obama administration. It is possible that Proposition 8 will be overturned in California by the judges of the California State Supreme Court. Yet how should we respond to these outrages against life? What is it that we are called to do as Catholics?
It seems to me that now is the time for us to rise up and become men and women of action. I do not mean this in any way that smacks of the social worker mentality of the 1960s and 1970s. Rather, I am speaking about it from the perspective of the Gospels themselves. Our Lord calls time and time again to stand up for what is right in our society and to fight against evil. Yet it seems to me that evil has been condoned time and again.
Indeed, we are living in times that are of tremendous import for all of us. We cannot be complacent anymore about our faith. Now is the time to live and lay down our lives for it. We must protest in every legimitate and legal way possible. Whether it is going to the local abortion mill and performing street counseling or writing to our elected officials. In this day and age, life issues must be talked about and preached from the pulpit rather than being swept under the rug and ignored. Catholic hospitals must take a firm stand against Obama and his willingness to shut them down and take away their funding if they do not perform abortions. Now is the time, but are we willing to stand up for what we believe?
It seems to me that King Herod was a wily politician and the Gospel according to St. Matthew tells us as much. He asked the Magi about where the Child Jesus was so that he could “come and worship Him.” However, King Herod did not want to come and worship the Infant Savior. Rather, he wanted to have Him killed because he viewed Our Lord as a threat to his tyrannical rule over Israel.
Today, King Herod is alive and well in the person of a man that was willing to condone post-birth abortion by doing nothing in the Illinois legislature. The American public has spoken in the name of “change” and yet what we have brought upon ourselves is nothing mmore than the tyranny of a man, who does not feel any qualms of conscience over the slaughter of innocent children in the womb or the belief that homosexuality is something normal.
The Russian writer Alexander Pushkin wrote a play about a Russian tsar named Boris Godunov, who had been accused of killing the heir apparent to the throne Tsarevich Dmitri. When the eponymous hero appears before a simpleton in Red Square, he asks the man to pray for him. The man replies, “I will not pray for King Herod.”
As Catholics, we must pray for our country and its leaders. Above all, we must pray for the conversion of Barack Hussein Obama. We must ask God to give Him enough light not to allow these laws to pass.
Indeed, now is the time for us to show the world what we believe as Catholics and to stand up for what is right. It is what St. Peter would have done. It is what St. Dominic and St. Francis would have done. Now is the time to prove who we are and where we stand!
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!