Faith can’t remain inactive. Faith, if authentic, must be lived. It’s not something we simply believe and do nothing about; it must be incarnated in our daily lives. It is something we must live and breathe. It shapes and forms our being.
As Catholics, we believe humans are made in the image of God. God made us to be like Him. He created us different from every other creature. He made us with the ability to reason, to make choices, to love in a way that is self sacrificial. He made us with a creative capacity. We see this in our ability to create and enjoy art and music for the sake of beauty itself. He created us with a dignity that no other creature possesses. With this great dignity, He gave us a great responsibility to defend human life.
Human life is the greatest gift we have received. Without life, how can we celebrate and enjoy the gift of faith or reason or love? Life begins at conception, and if this is what we truly believe, we must live that belief.
On Jan. 23, several high school students from St. Mary of Nazareth parish have chosen to embark on a lengthy bus ride to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life, a peaceful protest against the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. These teens will be living their faith, putting their belief into action.
We can learn a lesson from these courageous teens that are willing to make a very countercultural public stand against that which violates our faith and dignity as humans. Are you willing to live for what you believe? And as Jan. 22 — the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — approaches, take the time to ask yourself why and how human beings were created differently. If humans are made in the image of God and are different than every other living creature, should life be something disposable?
I leave you with a quote from Mother Teresa who understood more than anyone else that life is sacred:
“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men… It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience…
Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.”St. Mary of Nazareth Church
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Fr. Gregory Leach, pastor
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Holy Days: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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Sunday 9 and 11 a.m.