Let us stand down, stop the condemning and judging and seek light and understanding, forgiveness and wholeness, kindness and compassion for the young in desperate situations who have no one to turn to and who may themselves be abandoned.
We live in a world that refuses to recognize the inviolateness and sacredness of every single person on this planet.
Jesus shed his blood so that not one drop of blood need be shed ever again!
My sense is that the sin of those who are quick to condemn others is as great or greater than those who bring violence and bloodshed into their very own bodies.
We ALL have much to ask forgiveness for. We ALL need to ask God increase our capacity to love and turn away from hate.
There is just too much hate in this world — sometimes from those who even minister the Body and Blood of Christ at the altar.
The ones Jesus loves the most are the lost sheep of this world. He would reach out to those who have had abortions.
The enemies of Jesus are those who justify themselves, the self-righteous, the hypocrites, the ones who know nothing of compassion,
those who would never think of walking a mile in someone else’s moccasins before lashing out with their tongue.
St. John has said NO ONE is without sin! He also said that “Any one who HATES his brother or sister is oneself a MURDERER!”
HOWEVER, I quote from a blog on the Los Angeles Times: The blogger is commenting on those polled who said that abortion was no longer a key issue.
“If the killing of 1,200,000 babies each year in this country, with over 700,000 (59%) of those children killed being Black (400,000+) and Hispanic (300,000+), if this is no longer a “key” issue, then that speaks volumes of how far we have regressed back to the days when Hitler and his Nazi henchmen thought that the genocide of the Jews was also a non-issue. Abortion is the most violent of all heinous crimes as it attacks life in the holy of holies, the mother’s womb. For those of you ignorant of your history, every civilization that went into the killing of their children has perished from this planet by the same violent means as they used to kill their future generations. These include: the Canaanites, the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Mayans, the Incas and the Aztecs just to name a few.”
Yesterday, I listened to President Obama’s address to our nation. It was very much a civil rights message, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. The President emphasized Thomas Jefferson’s words that “All men have certain inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” And then he recalled the words of Dr. King, “our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on earth.”
Well, I’d like to use those words against the President, who as we know, is a strong advocate of Planned Parenthood, a strong abortion provider. I’d prefer to see Mr. Obama to take Mr. Clinton’s approach that “abortions would be “safe, legal and rare.” Planned Parenthood has an aggressive, non spiritual agenda; they talk about fetus as if it was just disposable tissue, not a living being. That is not acceptable! And we should call the President to account for that!
Yesterday I was reading a magazine from Defenders of Wildlife that I enjoy very much. They’re concerned about the killing of wolves in Wyoming, Grizzlies in Montana, Polar Bears in Alaska, Orcas in Hudsen Bay. And I wonder if they are Defenders of Unborn Human Life.
Dearest Lady, mother of Jesus,
whose tender love brought Love Itself into our world,
help those who have never known the tender embrace of their own mother’s love
to receive the same tender care and love you wish for each of them. . . for each of us . . .
as you offered the strict, yet tender, love of a Jewish mother upon Jesus, the Son of God
who was nourished at your tender breasts,
cradled in your arms,
bounced upon your knee;
whose booboo was kissed by your lovely mouth,
whose dead body you received come down from the Cross.
You were the one from Jesus learned the joys of human love.
Receive today all of Jesus’ brothers and sisters on this planet, born and unborn.
Draw us all into that one great mystery of divine/human love which is the glory of our Christian faith,
the Incarnation of the son of a young beautiful woman, Son of God,
our Brother, our Friend, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
And now, before you go, here’s “Surely He has borne our grief”, from The Messiah. Click here.
Hint: If you do not yet accept our faith that Jesus is true God and true human
just accept it as a beautiful love story. The message still works!
And P.S. Don’t worry about the aborted children; the innocent ones will shine like the stars in God’s kingdom.
The tragedy is that they will never set foot on this beautiful planet.
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Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We’re in as series of blogs to pray for our country before the inauguration of President Obama which will take place on Monday, January 21st, the day set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today I honor him as a mentor of mine.
He was 39 when he was martyred on April 4, 1968 — a young man who had a powerful influence on our country.
This is an excerpt of what I said on the fortieth anniversary of his death April 4th 2008, also the fortieth anniversary of my ordination:
Forty years ago on, April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, Tennessee while he was leading a strike for sanitation workers. He inspired and led the Civil Rights movement that achieved great change in our land.
This man is still one of my mentors. He was a man who committed himself to absolute nonviolence like Mahatma Ghandi and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the only way that justice and peace can be achieved. He inspired ordinary folks, black and white, to stand up for their rights, to sit down and accept the vicious blows of police and to have the courage to go to jail for what they believed in.
Forty years ago on the day after he was killed, April 5, 1968, I formally entered the service of the Roman Catholic Church as an ordained deacon. I was a seminary student at the Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The shrill sound of sirens all over the city mingled with the ancient chant melody. As I lay prostrate on the floor with my brothers to be ordained I sucked in a deep breath and committed my service to the Church to be in the shadow of this man whose ideal of justice and peace and freedom I wanted to absorb into my soul and body.
On this anniversary, April 4, 2008, in this land of America, we have lost a lot of the freedoms and ideals of another great man Thomas Jefferson who declared that all men are created equal and have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today, not only young black men are listless and have no hope; it’s true of young white men as well.
We are no longer a free nation when “they” can listen in on any of our phone conversations without a court order, our cell phones track and Google track our movements, when“they” deny the right to a trial, when we torture our enemies.
Where are those today who will inspire us and lead us out of our complacency?
Who will inspire us to stand up and put their lives on the line for what they believe in?
Who still dreams the dream of Martin Luther King and Thomas Jefferson?
Who is willing to sacrifice to restore those ideals to our beloved country?
O God of Justice,
raise up men and women in our day who will inspire us and restore us to the original ideals of our nation.
Enable us to wake up from our slumber and see what we have lost, that we are no longer a free nation.
Give us the strength and courage to pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to win this spiritual revolution that now lies before us in 2008.
We pray to you, God, for You are the God who cries for justice for your children
and who still hears the cries who know and realize they are poor without You.
We pray to You for only You can can restore us to the ideal of freedom and justice FOR ALL.
St. Luke attributes has Mary sing these words in her Magnificat sung or recited every evening in the church everywhere in the world. Would that we would believe it and commit ourselves to it!
“[God] has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servants
for he has remembered the promise of his mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers [and mothers}
to Abraham [and Sarah and Hagar]
and [their] children for ever. (Luke 1:46-55)
I call us more than a generation later, now in 2013, to the principles of Non-Violence Dr. King gave to us.
He trained them to sit down on the ground and take blows of the police because they knew that Non-Violence was a more powerful weapon than guns and bombs.
That legacy of Dr. King made it possible for Barack Obama to become president of the United States.
Would that he would have the courage to commit himself to that great man’s ideals.
Dr. King held no public office. He persuaded us by the power of his words and the depth of his conviction.
And his willingness to give his life for what he believed in — no matter what.
Is there anything you are willing to give your life for?
I continually ask myself the same question and pray the answer is Yes!
Now, before you go, here’s a 5-minute excerpt of Dr. King’s last speech the night before his assassination in Memphis. If you’ve never heard him speak, (and I had in my seminary days), I promise you, it would be worth your time. Click here.
Friday, January 18, 2013
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