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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Friday, January 19, 2007

March For Life


On Monday, we head to Washington DC for the 34th annual March for Life . This will be my 3rd year but my wife had gone before her conversion as well. She had always been a pro-life organizer in our other churches. I too was always "pro-life" but have been more impressed with the need to be more "pro-active" since returning to the Catholic Church.
The March for Life is a time to see the Church Universal(all who proclaim Christ) in all its colors, flavors and expressions. As we march towards the Supreme Court in prayer, both silent and vocal, we are arm-in-arm with a "cloud of witnesses" the likes of which we won't see again until the other side of this veil. There are Sisters, and Friars wearing sandals and robes in sub-freezing temperatures! There are Catholic and Orthodox priests, Protestant pastors, Catholic and Evangelical college students and high school students marching together. It is not an angry, seething mob, but a mass of believers with one mind and purpose. There is a palpable sense of grace in the air and the unity of all Christians is displayed. For a brief moment one day a year, we join together, regardless of doctrinal differences, to combat the greatest evil of our age, the killing of the unborn.
If you can't make it to DC on Monday, please spend some time in prayer for an end to the holocaust. You can watch the March all day on EWTN.


These Life Principles express the ideals motivating pro-life Americans and indicate the purpose of the MARCH FOR LIFE:

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to life, and
  • Application:
    Realizing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, in 1974 the MARCH FOR LIFE formulated and included in its charter of incorporation, the Life Principles, as shown above. Purposefully, the Life Principles are not framed in the negative tone of "thou shalt not," and are framed in the positive tone of duty and responsibility of each human being and of society. The Life Principles are set in the context of our Declaration of Independence—that the right to life is inalienable and endowed by our Creator. If this basic right is weakened, all other rights are meaningless, as disparagement of the value and dignity of human beings will then permeate our society's mentality and the Laws of our Land—contrary to our common good.
  • The right to life of each human being shall be presented and protected by every human being in the society and by the society as a whole, and
  • Application:
    It is the duty of each individual and of society operating through its laws to provide protection for each member of the society. This follows the basic homicide laws of the common law that society protects a member from assault and death.
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from that human being's biological beginning when the Father's sperm fertilizes the Mother's ovum, and
  • Application:
    The protection shall extend from the beginning of each human being's life—acknowledged to be when the father's sperm fertilizes the mother's ovum—and throughout the natural continuum of that human being's life.
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from the biological beginning throughout the natural continuum of the human being's life by all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, and
  • Application:
    All available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect human life. This would be determined on a case-by-case basis; it is ordinary in our practice of law to consider the facts of each case.
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected at each stage of the life continuum to the same extent as at each and every other stage regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and
  • Application:
    No value distinction may be made in determining the worth and dignity of any human being. Thus, the life of an individual as a preborn child shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as at any other stage of that individual's life, whether infant, teenager, or aged.
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of each and every other human being regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and
  • Application:
    Similarly, no value distinction shall be made between the value of the life of one individual and of another; the life of a preborn child shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of, e.g., an infant, a young adult or a middle-aged prominent national figure. In summary, each human being's life shall be preserved and protected, using all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, without regard to whose life it is "better" to presence and protect. There can be no exceptions.
  • When there is any doubt that there exists a human being's life to preserve and protect, such doubt shall be resolved In favor of the existence of a human being, and
  • Application:
    If there is any doubt whether or not a human being exists, then society and any individual resolves that doubt in favor of action which will preserve and protect a human life. A woman unsure of whether she is pregnant, for instance, would not use an abortifacient, which could kill her preborn child who may be in her womb. This follows the simple practice that one does not shoot a bullet into a blind area which may be occupied by a human being.
  • When two or more human beings are in a situation in which their lives are mutually endangered, all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and to protect the life of each and every human being so endangered.
  • Application:
    If the lives of two human beings are mutually endangered, use all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered. Even with these efforts and means, one human being's life may be lost, or all may be lost. But, the guiding principles are that no innocent human may be intentionally killed in an effort to save another human, and that it shall not be predetermined by law that one human life may be sacrificed to save the life of another human. Any decision about who may be saved must be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the total circumstances, and trying to save as many humans as possible. With respect to a difficult pregnancy, the principle of "equal care for both the pregnant mother and her preborn child" is well established. Although a pregnant mother and/or her preborn child may die, there is no justification in the law of God or man for the intentional killing of even one innocent born or preborn human in existence at fertilization. NO EXCEPTION! NO COMPROMISE!
  • WHEREFORE, Pursuant To These Principles, we recommend and urge the adoption of a Mandatory HUMAN LIFE AMENDMENT to the Constitution of the United States of America.

4 Comments:

Blogger Amber said...

I really wish I could be there! I can only imagine how powerful it must be. May even ONE child be saved by the inspiration of truth in this march.

January 19, 2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Thanks for posting that. I was considering going to that but I dont think it will be practical for me. I will defeinitely keep all of you in my prayers.

January 19, 2007 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

And I will keep all of you in my prayers as well.

I have a rosary and I'm not afraid to use it! ;)

January 19, 2007 9:05 PM  
Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

TJ & PD,

May God bless you and keep you safe in your journey. I recall, as a little boy, seeing a movie called The Cardinal. I remember nothing at all about it except a scene in a hospital where the Cardinal is faced with a devastating decision whether to save the life of his sister or the life of the baby she was carrying. He chose to save the baby because, as I recall, his sister had lived her life for a time and it was now time for the baby to live. To this day I don't know what I would do in a similar situation, but I never forgot that.

Greatest of God's Blessings,

Pilgrimsarbour

January 20, 2007 12:43 AM  

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