In his great encyclical, The Gospel of Life, Blessed Pope John Paul emphasized that the struggle to promote a genuine culture of life has to be fought on several fronts. We are certainly called to defend life in the public square, to resist any law that fails to respect the basic human right to life. This aspect of the pro-life cause tends to gain the most attention, but it is actually not the most important way in which we seek to transform our culture.
The most important ways to build a culture of life is to serve those in need, and to celebrate life, particularly through prayer.
And so, on Monday April 15, at 5 p.m., in the midst of the ongoing battle to prevent the New York State government from enacting the radical Reproductive Health Act, we will travel to Albany once again. Our aim this time is not to lobby our legislators, to offer reasoned arguments against the expansion of abortion.
This time, we are making our pilgrimage to Albany to join in the Candlelight Vigil for Life, sponsored by the new coalition, New Yorkers for Life, of which the Church is a member. This is not a political event. Our aim is to join in prayer. We will pray for healing for those whose lives have been harmed by abortion. We will pray for conversion in the hearts of our Governor and legislators. We will pray that they will turn their paths away from this immoral and unjust law. And we will pray for courage and assistance for all those who are vulnerable to abortion.
If you are able, perhaps you can make travel to our state’s capital to join us. If you can’t maybe you can pause for a few minutes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, to be in solidarity with us in prayer.
Our society is deeply wounded by a lack of respect for life. There are millions of people who have been wounded by offenses against life. Our world needs healing, which only God can provide. We will pray on Monday for that healing, for conversion of hearts, and for a transformation of our culture.
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