Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Rosary and Our Pro-Life Efforts

Dear Parishioners,

First, I thank all who participated in our 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration this past week.  As I crossed the street from the rectory to make a visit to the church and the Blessed Sacrament, I was initially concerned that there might not be enough people in the church at certain times, especially late at night.  What a pleasant scene when I observed eight, ten or twelve people during the late hours and eighteen or twenty people regularly in front of the Blessed Sacrament for prayer.  There also were times when the school children and the religious education students were there as well!  Thank you to all!  I pray that God will give many graces to every person and family that participated.  Also, I am sure there will be special blessings for Holy Angels Parish.

Remember that if you found prayer before the Blessed Sacrament something that you wish to continue, we offer an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament every Monday night at 7 PM.  This might be the opportunity to incorporate quality time praying with our Eucharistic Lord into your personal prayer life.

As we begin the month of October, I am reminded of the important connection 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 all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

Just think of some of joyful mysteries of the Holy 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 imagine 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.  Please take the time to pray at least five decades of the Holy Rosary each day. 

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.  Prayer is the greatest tool and the Holy Rosary is one of the most powerful weapons in any spiritual battle.

Fr. Ed Namiotka

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