Sunday, January 22, 2012

Last week was a week of vacation in the sun, sand, and warm water. Yesterday, I returned to 5 inches of snow on the ground. God has a plan.

39 years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America stripped the states of the right to criminalize abortion on demand. The hundreds of thousands of pre-born children who have been aborted since then will never see a sunset, or (look to the right in the photo) a storm squall on the ocean, or towering cumulonimbus clouds pouring forth their rain. Those children will never sit and watch billowy white clouds form the shapes of animals in the sky, or feel the strain of the tide pulling sand between their toes at the beach, or feel the warmth of the sun across their cheeks and forehead. Nor will they ever wonder at the beauty of newfallen white snow, or feel the cool brisk winter wind on their forehead, or look up at the icy clouds that hang high in the winter sky.

Abortion has stolen the beauty and wonder of life on Earth from them.

In my years as a priest I have listened to, and held, couples as they cried and told me how long they've been waiting to adopt a child. I've known many a couple who have spent their life savings to travel around the world to adopt a child. At the same time, I have held women who trembled and wept as they recounted their stories of abortions from years ago, now wondering what their children would look like and sound like, and missing the opportunity to answer the inevitable questions: "Why is the sky blue?" or "What are clouds made of?" or "How big is the ocean?"

Can't we see that God has a plan, and it is for life?

Not everyone can provide a loving home for a child, but for all who are pregnant and unable to care for that child, there is a couple waiting to adopt.

If ever you hear of a woman who is considering abortion, do all in your power to talk her out of it and to give her child to the Church. We will find a loving home for that child, and provide a future for both the child and the mother.

The child will giggle at the clouds and the seashore, marvel at the ocean and the sky, and learn to fall on her or his knees to worship the God of life, depending on His grace and providence every day. The mother will never wonder if she made a mistake. Let the Church be Church and enable God’s plan for life.
Msgr. William J. King

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