Pro-Catholic, Pro-Life, Pro-America

Pro-Catholic, Pro-Life, Pro-America
Our priest's homily yesterday was on point.  He talked at length about the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization.  He talked about what it meant to be these 3 things: Pro-Catholic, Pro-Life, and Pro-America.  

To be pro-Catholic is to understand and live out the fullness of our Catholic faith.  If there are teachings of the Church that we do not understand, it means seeking to understand those teachings and submitting to the teaching authority of the Church.

To be pro-Life means to uphold the dignity of ALL human life from conception through natural death.  This includes, but is not limited to: the un-born; women who are pregnant, ESPECIALLY those in crisis who are considering abortion that they may receive the help/counseling/financial support needed to choose life; our children and their friends, all children, especially for those who are hungry, homeless, and without proper care; our neighbors, co-workers, fellow citizens, ESPECIALLY those who look or think differently than us, even those who seem hostile towards us and/or our beliefs; the elderly, especially those who have no one to care for them; and the dying, especially those who are alone or do not know God.

To be pro-America means to actively participate in and fight for the true, the good, and the beautiful as a citizen of this country (or your home country).  Today is Independence Day in America where we remember the birth of a new government and new nation, a nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  Although attempts have been made to remove Christianity entirely from our country and war has been waged on faith and family, a new era of brave warriors have answered the call to defend the freedoms our forefathers so valiantly fought to grant us.  This new era of warriors consisted of those fighting to defend the un-born who could not defend themselves in the courts, in the media, and through private and public prayer.  Those who care for the sick, the poor, the unemployed, the mentally ill, the dying, and the lonely.

For the vast majority of us, the principal ways we can be pro-life are:
  1. Prayer
  2. Fasting
  3. Love
Prayer is not the least we can do, but the first and most important.  Fasting is like a multiplier for prayer, and it disciplines us against the temptations of the flesh.  Love is the beginning and the end of all our deeds.  We cannot be pro-life and yet hate our neighbor and everyone else who doesn't see the world the way we see it.

I pray that all of you have a wonderful and blessed Independence Day.  For you who live outside the USA, please pray for us that we can grow in holiness and be the great nation that we ought to be.  

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