Dear Brothers & Sisters,
We have just kicked off the 2020 New Year where we are sure to hear the overused proverbial cliché “Hindsight is 20/20”. What exactly does that mean? “Hindsight is 20/20”is usually said in answer to an admonishment that the person should have known something would happen, or that the person made a bad decision and they reflect on what they should have done after the situation is already finished. “Hindsight is 20/20”usually brings with it wisdom learned from the past by tapping into knowledge of universal truths.
When we look back into history with 20/20 Hindsight, we clearly see all the good that people are doing in the world, but at the same time we also see the brokenness of our humanity where the dignity and sacredness of the human person has in one way or another been compromised. It saddens me to see that there is a ‘trend’ in our society to take God and religion out of the picture, and history shows that when a society begins to lose sight of God and these core Christian moral values, the respect and dignity of the human person diminishes.
As Christians, we are a people who never lose hope of change! The New Year, 2020 begins with the celebration of the Solemnity of “Mary Mother of God”! The Blessed Virgin Mary wants us to form part of the ‘Trend Changers’and unite with Christians throughout the world praying for a return to the respect and dignity of the human person, never forgetting that the most basic human right is the right to life itself. And because we believe that all human life is sacred, it must be protected for all persons, from conception to natural death. For this reason, I would like to dedicate this month of January at our parish as “Pray for Life”month. Forty-seven years ago, this month, one of the most basic human rights was taken away with the legalization of abortion with the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. While heralded as a break-through for women, many women are now dealing with the psychological effect of this choice in their life. In a study done by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., 85% of the women reported that they were surprised at the intensity of their emotional reaction to the abortion. These reactions included discomfort with children, feelings of low self-worth, guilt, feelings of anger, depression, grief, increased alcohol use, crying, inability to communicate, and feeling suicidal. We as a Church want to bring Christ’s healing and forgiveness back to them.
So, as part of this effort:
- Our Rosary Group will be including this petition in their daily prayer after the 8am Mass.
- The Guadalupe Hope Society—a new clinic opened near O’Connor Hospital to assist pregnant mothers needing help—will be here on the weekend of January 18/19 and will make an appeal for your help.
- Our homilies and bulletin meditations will touch on different aspects of this important topic.
I would like to ask all of you to join me this month, dedicated to “Pray for Life”, by adding this petition to your own daily prayer. Let us continue to pray for an end to abortion and healing to those affected by it.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. John L. Poncini