Continue to carry the torch in defense of the unborn

march-for-life1Happy New Year! The year begins with the 46th annual World Day of Prayer for Peace. The theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer for Peace is, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers.” Pope Benedict XVI He begins his message with these words: “Each new year brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.” In his message our Holy Father teaches that peace is both a gift from God and the fruit of human effort. “Peace concerns the human person as a whole, and it involves complete commitment. It is peace with God through a life lived according to his will. It is interior peace with oneself, and exterior peace with our neighbors and all creation.” He says: “The attainment of peace depends above all on recognizing that we are, in God, one human family.” He states this fundamental principal: “The path to the attainment of the common good and to peace is above all that of respect for human life in all its many aspects, beginning with its conception, through its development and up to its natural end. True peacemakers, then, are those who love, defend and promote human life in all its dimensions, personal, communitarian and transcendent. Life in its fullness is the height of peace. Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life.” The role of Christian families is indispensible: “The Christian family in particular serves as a seedbed for personal maturation according to the standards of divine love. The family is one of the indispensable social subjects for the achievement of a culture of peace. The rights of parents and their primary role in the education of their children in the area of morality and religion must be safeguarded. It is in the family that peacemakers, tomorrow’s promoters of a culture of life and love, are born and nurtured.” The entire message can be found at the Vatican web site, www.vatican.va.

Brother Knights, continue to carry the torch in defense of the unborn and of all whose human dignity is threatened in any way! We must also continue to defend the nature of marriage as God has ordained it, and the right of people of conscience to act according to their religious and moral convictions. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the deception that the “right to privacy” is greater than the “right to life.” The March for Life will be held in Washington, DC, this year on Friday, January 25. This is one area where the young people of our diocese of high school and college age have demonstrated their enthusiasm and idealism. Let us pray for and support those who will participate in this year’s March for Life.

May God bless you and your families
during these special holidays and always.
-- Fr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain