This is not a political post. It is a moral exhortation, a plea to save human lives and souls!
Speaking the Truth should not be a rarity in the pulpits of our country. Since the salvation of souls is the primary purpose of the Catholic Church’s existence, Truth should be an ever-present pulpit visitor.
Nothing is more valuable or entitled to greater protection than human life – from the moment of conception to the natural death.
Abortion and euthanasia are intrinsic evils – always and under all circumstances. Such grave sins can never be supported by anyone, most especially those professing to be Catholic. No Catholic can ever support these evils or vote for any public official who does. Despite the never-ending attempt to find some nuance around such clear Truth, there are no valid prudential exceptions applicable to this command. None!
See how clear the Truth is? A simple man can explain it in five sentences.
So why are we so hesitant to proclaim this Truth? Why do we not care enough for the salvation of souls that we would remain silent in the face of these evils?
That is a question each of us, clergy and laity alike, will have to answer when we stand before our Lord.
Look what St. Gregory the Great (who reigned from 590 to 604) had to say about preachers who would not preach the Truth:
“Pray for us so that we may have the strength to work on your behalf, that our tongue may not grow weary of exhortation, and that after we have accepted the office of preaching, our silence may not condemn us before the just judge.There is something else about the life of the shepherds, dearest brother, which discourages me greatly.I speak of our absorption in external affairs; we accept the duties of office, but by our actions we show that we are attentive to other things. We abandon the ministry of preaching and, in my opinion, are called bishops to our detriment, for we retain the honorable office but fail to practice the virtues proper to it. Those who have been entrusted to us abandon God, and we are silent. They fall into sin, and we do not extend a hand of rebuke.” – (Excerpted from Second Reading in Office of Readings for Saturday in 27th week of Ordinary Time)
But that was centuries ago, you protest. Things change over time. You are correct. People and things may change over time, but God’s Truth ever remains the same – unchangeable till the end of time.
I challenge everyone reading this post to set aside the 20 minutes it will take to watch the video below. You have the time; just view it instead of your favorite comedy or news program.
You will meet a courageous priest (Very Rev. John Lankeit) and hear of his fearless bishop (Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted) both of whom care about the salvation of souls and have heeded Pope Gregory’s prayerful plea.
Pray that more of their brethren will find the courage to speak this Truth NOW, loudly and clearly.
But don’t stop there. Fulfill your duty to teach and defend the Truth – share this video with everyone whose soul you treasure.
By Michael Seagriff