This Tuesday, January 22nd, marks the 46th anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in the case Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion on demand in the United States. The annual March for Life was held in Washington, D.C., this past Friday. Each year the Church in the United States marks this anniversary with a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children.
This weekend we, as a nation, also recall the civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. It is an opportune time to reflect on the reality that each and every person, because he or she is made in the image and likeness of God, bears an inherent dignity that should be respected, regardless of who that person is. While we may not always agree with another person or we may have ideological differences or may not be able to approve of choices a person makes, we must be careful to always respect them as beloved children of God and avoid any forms of hatred of the person.
This respect of others in various stages of life, however, can only take place if we afford them a greater respect from the moment that life begins. This comes through prayer (such as our Holy Hour for Life at St. Joseph’s at 7:00 tonight) and through action (such as our baby bottle, which begins next week, drive to aid those in crisis pregnancies or difficult financial situations in caring for their children). Perhaps this Tuesday you might offer some sort of sacrifice – some sort of prayer, fasting or almsgiving as we would do during Lent – to raise awareness in yourself and in others of the need to respect life from the moment of conception to natural death.
Project Rachel is an outreach of the Archdiocese of Boston providing confidential ministry of hope and healing to post-abortion women and men. If this ministry could be of assistance to you, please call 508-651-3100.