Today is Sunday January 12, 2014—The Baptism of the Lord. As I was listening to the responsorial psalm during Mass this morning, “The Lord will bless his people with peace. I kept thinking
to myself. 'How can God bless us with His peace when we as a nation keep killing his babies in the womb?' It brought tears to my eyes and my heart was overwhelmed with sadness and remorse. I silently whispered “Oh my Jesus I am so sorry. I repent for
all the years I remained silent and did not speak up for the least among us. On behalf of our nation I stand in the gap and beg your forgiveness and mercy upon this nation.”
Last year marked the 40th year of legalized abortions in all fifty states. It was reported as of January 22, 2013 approximately 55, 772, 015 abortions were performed in the United States destroying the lives
of the unborn children. I would rather not be writing about abortion but I cannot remain silent anymore. I must speak up in reparation for my years of silence and for not defending life from the moment of conception to natural death. I am deeply saddened by
all the women and men that have been severely wounded by their decision to abort their unborn children. Thankfully, ministries like Rachel's Vineyard and Project Rachel and other post abortion ministries are offering hope and healing. Jesus' healing mercy
is there for everyone.
At our parish this coming Friday and Saturday we are having our annual pray vigil for life. Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament will continue for 24 hours beginning Friday morning and ending Saturday morning. We gather together before Our Eucharistic Lord praying for God's mercy upon our nation and for the end of abortion. We pray for God's mercy on all those who
have been affected by abortion. We need to be on our knees every day praying that each person in America will say “Yes” to life from the moment of conception to natural death. Through prayer, offering healing to those affected by abortion and by
educating people about the ugliness of abortion, we can begin to heal as a nation. Most important by supporting our local pregnancy centers that offer resources, help and hope for unwed mothers we chip away at the culture of death and embrace one day at a
time the culture of life.