February 3, 2019
Jan 31, 2019
Thank you to all who contacted your state legislators in opposition to expanding abortion in New York State. Unfortunately the bill passed and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. In my opinion, this remains a moral issue, solidly rooted in our Catholic tradition. It is regrettable this passed, even though we have done a good job communicating our position. More than once the Church has been accused of, interfering with what some believe is purely a political issue. On the other side, within hours of the new law being passed and signed there were calls for some of our legislators and the governor to be excommunicated. I am not sure that is the correct route to go because of the complicated society we live. Would excommunicating someone help or hinder our society understand the Church’s position on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death?
With laws such the one just put into place in New York State it’s more important than ever that parents and educators nurture a respect for life in our children so that when they are faced with difficult decisions, they have the courage to make life -giving choices. Respect for life means we value all lives, the unseen ones in the womb or across borders, the elderly person next door or the impoverished child in another neighborhood, the upright and those who have committed heinous crimes. There is not one who wasn’t created with love by God - all bear the face of Jesus.
Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen
A Prayer for Life you may chose to use as you gather around the dinner table.
I will be away the next couple of weeks to take advantage of warmer climates. I am sure OUR truly dedicated Parish Staff that I am blessed to work with will keep everything under control. I want to extend my thanks to Fr. Michael Goodavish who will be here next weekend representing Food for the Poor the agency we work with for our Honduras mission and the following weekend Fr. John Mulligan, a long-time friend, will be here. Please extend a gracious welcome to both Michael and John, thank you!
Now on the lighter side... Teacher: Clyde, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his? Clyde: No, sir. It's the same dog.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,