"It will not be long, because more and more voters in this country are understanding that unless we elect candidates who understand the difference between protecting life and taking it, then they undermine the very purpose of government in the first place, no it will not be long!
Because more and more citizens are coming to realize that if we don't protect the right to life, every other right that we have goes down with it!
It will not be long because more and more of our fellow citizens understand that we cannot build a world of justice as long as we continue to allow the most fundamental injustice,
We cannot welcome the poor if we can't welcome our own children,
We can't open the door to immigrants if we can't open the door to our own flesh and blood,
We cannot persuade people that capital punishment is not the answer if we're executing children,
And we cannot have peace between nations if we can't even preserve peace between a mother and her own child, it won't work!"
"Those of us 50 years and older can all probably recall exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated, not far from here. Practically all of us can remember with great clarity the day in 2001, we have come to know by its date, “September 11th”. I have another date etched in my memory, January 22nd, 1973. I remember it well. It continues as a wound upon my heart. I carry it like the Hebrew Phylactery inscribed on this bracelet on my wrist, not for show, but that I may humbly remember.
I long ago accepted that I could never forget.
On that day, when the court case that began right here at this courthouse was decided I lost a measure of my youthful innocence, and so did our nation. On that day, this nation, which I had always believed to be the most righteous and just nation the world had ever seen – a nation founded upon holy principles of respect for the dignity of every person and care for the weakest person – a nation that struggled to correct her faults and live those principles – shattered in my eyes. From that day to this one – 34 long years – she has taken scalpel in hand and legally torn her youngest members asunder – and her virtue as well.
But I have not lost hope, because I believe in a God who can restore to me my innocence and the nation’s as well. I believe in a God and a Redeemer who, with a word, can raise us to life.
To the One who alone can make us whole again, let us pray:
Good Lord of life, as we gather at this place dedicated to justice, but where a most unjust decision has its roots, we turn to you in somber recollection of that day, 34 years ago, when we as a nation betrayed our very selves. We recall in sorrow the lives of our unborn children, destroyed; the nurturing role of mothers and fathers, rejected; the conscience of a nation, deadened.
As citizens of this nation, members of this society, overshadowed by the culture of death, we beg for your mercy. As people of hope, inspired by your Gospel, we implore you, Jesus, to speak over us your words of life. You said to the little girl, “Talitha Koum” and she arose from the dead; to Lazarus you shouted, “Come out!” and he emerged from the tomb. Care for the millions of innocents who have been killed, that they may live in you; speak words of tenderness to mothers and fathers who have chosen death for their children, but who seek your forgiveness; raise up our nation to be true to herself and to you, O great Lord of Life.
In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!"
Show a true respect for life:
The proposed coal-fired power plants are distressing to many people of faith because they fly in the face of the core religious teaching of "respect life."
This means defending human life by reducing pollution and fostering an environment where human life can thrive, especially at its most fragile beginnings. This includes keeping unborn babies safe from toxins like mercury.
Respect for life means using God's gifts wisely and conservatively and building respectful communities that honor each person's voice, not autocratically "fast-tracking" decisions that will effect Texan's lives for years to come.
It also means respect for our capacity as God's children to grow and change; to solve problems as a community, and to love each other and the environment we share.
Bee Moorhead, executive director, Texas Impact, Austin
"God's sign is the baby. God's sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby -- defenseless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child. He wants nothing other from us than our love, through which we spontaneously learn to enter into his feelings, his thoughts and his will -- we learn to live with him and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the very essence of love. God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him, and love him."There are those who would say that the pro-life movement is full of people who "love the child, but forget the mother." Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but usually the opposite is true, that those who call themselves pro-choice focus on the mother and forget the baby. They would even approve the destruction of that baby.
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