As we approach the month of October, I am reminded of the important connection that we need to make joining devotion to the Holy Rosary with our Respect Life efforts. It is no coincidence that October is both the month dedicated to the holy rosary and also to the respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Just think of some of joyful mysteries of the rosary and their connection to various life issues. The first joyful mystery, the Annunciation (Lk. 1: 26-38), shows us how with Mary’s “yes” to the angel, the Word became flesh in her womb. God became Incarnate with Jesus’ human life beginning at conception. After Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb, when Mary greeted Elizabeth [the Visitation (Lk. 1: 39-56)], John the Baptist leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. Recall how Elizabeth was in advanced years—a situation that today may be too easy an excuse to have an abortion. When Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem [the Nativity (Lk. 2: 1-7ff.)] with no room for Him anywhere else, I can just image someone today saying that “This child is too inconvenient for us at this time!” or “We can’t afford this child!” These are just a few reasons that can be rationalized for terminating an unwanted or inconvenient pregnancy.
I could go on developing this meditation. However, it is even more important that we take the time to pray the rosary with the intention of fostering a greater respect for all human life.
Here at St. Joseph’s Church we have initiated a Mass praying for the Pro-Life cause on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM. Why not join us some evening as we pray and worship? Additionally, after the daily Mass on Fridays (8:30 AM) we offer three hours of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction at 12 Noon. For some, this might be opportune to spend quality time praying with our Eucharistic Lord.
There is certainly no more important issue facing our world today than the one concerning the sacredness of all human life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, chose to become one of us. This is our fundamental belief and this indicates for us the tremendous value that God placed on humanity itself. Let no one deceive you with false arguments and/or intellectual rationalizations somehow justifying an abortion, infanticide or euthanasia.
The Author of Life became one of us and this speaks volumes of our need tirelessly to protect and to defend all human life.
Fr. Ed Namiotka