The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.(Luke 2:16-19)
And what did Mary ponder?
She pondered the message that was delivered to these Shepherds. A message that confirmed her heart in Truth and HOPE. That the child, her child, that was lying in a manger is THE Messiah and Lord. Her Messiah. Her Lord. Our Messiah. OUR Lord.
This was the long awaited, ( Since the fall of Adam and Eve ), Good news ( Gospel) not only for Mary and Joseph, but one of Great Joy for All People. HAVE WE PONDERED THAT IN OUR HEART? We have come to expect instantaneous answers and instantaneous results. Do we ponder just how great the many gifts with which we have been blessed really are?
Surrounded by cynics, we live in a world that cannot envision the great joys of pregnancy. Is it any wonder we can’t see Jesus in the unborn child and Mary in the expectant Mother? The current climate is so self-assured and so all-knowing, it immediately rejects the idea that pregnancy is a joyous gift.
Once seen as the hope for mankind, they are now treated as a root cause of the “disease” of pregnancy. Why do we Pray there? We stand in prayer outside the mill to give them voice and to acknowledge their humanity. We go to cry out to God in prayer as we see our hope destroyed.
The second victims are the parents, as they are sold a story of hopelessness. The great advocators of abortion like Margaret Sanger, thought of parents in their position as the underlying cause of the disease of poverty and human weakness. Filled with pessimism and self-righteousness, the “enlightened” voices of our modern day continue is this vein, providing a so-called “solution” that consists of the destruction of the child, and therein the family. Individual Helpers spiritually lean on one another in prayer at the mill, as proof and witness that HOPE is present.
Hope, provided through the actions of our friends, like The Little Way, Lifehouse, The Golden Arrow, Sidewalk Advocates, Sisters for Life, 40 Days for Life, Rachel’s vineyard, St. Bernadette’s Diaper Bank and countless parish outreach programs willing to disprove the lie of HOPELESSNESS.
The final victim is those who work at the mill. Nothing more than middle management, they are trained to see abortion as the end all and perfect solution. A solution whose theory is based on the child-phobic pessimism of Margaret Sanger.
Living in a workplace filled with human dismemberment, they ignore the trauma that is unfolding before their eyes, and fail to see the life long anguish it inflicts on women.
As Helpers it is for these workers that we also stand. We are a church of sinners, but take with us the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, who has the cure we all need. For he is HOPE. He not only brings Love —HE IS LOVE ITSELF. With HIS guidance we can find TRUE ways to serve those around us.
For many years now, despite a very busy schedule Archbishop Kurtz has celebrated Mass for the Helpers. His pursuit of conversion through Charity is a reminder of our
Christian calling as we seek to share the message of Christ’s Hope with the hearts and minds of every man and woman in this city, in our nation and through out God’s world. As the Archbishop reminds us we must do so using the 3 C’s – Charity, Compassion, and Civility.
So come out and give witness to life.
We also give THANKS to all those parishioners at the Cathedral of the Assumption for providing us a place of worship.