Where are the Catholic pro-life men?

As we look out at the world of men (males) who struggle with paternity, we often wonder why or what is happening in society.  We should wonder is why not?  Why are we surprised, when there is such a shortage of good Catholic men to guide their brothers?  Therefore, why should some men not be lost in the culture of death and at a complete loss as they face the daunting task of parenting?

This is not to say that those who have walked themselves into situations where they face unexpected fatherhood bare no responsibility for their actions and for their choices before or after.  It is easy to point the finger and wag our tongues at so many men who do not step up to the plate and become good Christian fathers who embody the very presence of the Fatherhood of God.  Yet, other men, who claim to have found the loving Fatherhood of God and claim to live in the Spirit of the Father, do not reach out and share the Gospel with their brothers.

It is very easy to condemn a culture of death and to sentence those facing life-threatening choices such as abortion and contraception from the comfort of our homes.   Such a person is like the judge who sits in judgment on his bench and condemns the guilty man for his delinquencies; but when his day in court is over, he retires to his quiet and serene suburban home.  On the way home, he deliberately bypasses the riotous and noisy neighborhoods where the delinquents that eventually will find their way into his courtroom are being bred and formed.  Such a judge may feel that he is doing something for society by passing judgment.  The truth of the matter is that while he has time that is not on the bench, he does nothing for the community that passes through his courts on a daily basis.  In other words, he does nothing to put himself out of a job.

The same is true about Catholic men who sit in judgment of their brothers who are considering abortion or even worse, who have participated in an abortion by providing the dastardly service, taking the life of an unborn child or pushing the mothers of the children whom they conceived to submit to such a horrid crime.  We go to pregnancy centers, prolife workshops, provide education to men who are struggling with the challenges of poverty, addictions, violence, displacement and a lack of sexual integrity.  It is a challenge to bring these men into the centers, the churches, and the community of believers.  Evangelization and service to them can seem an insurmountable task, because there are not enough workers in the vineyard.  In other words, there is a critical shortage of Catholic men who serve their brothers and evangelize them.

The prolife movement has become feminized, as if abortion, euthanasia, the destruction of human embryos, the unscrupulous use of the death penalty and the killing of infants who were not killed by abortifacients were a women’s issue.  Middle-age women and teens are at the forefront of the prolife movement, especially among Catholics.  Catholic men attend workshops and lectures and then go home.  However, one third of the people affected by crimes against human life, ultimately against God, are men.  Another third are women and the last third are the unborn children.

We need to challenge men to step up to the plate and be good fathers.  We need to evangelize young men instead of handing them condoms.  It is our duty to bring all men back to Jesus.  However, we need men to evangelize their brothers.  These can be married men or single.  They can be secular or consecrated religious.  Teams of consecrated celibate men and married men are the ideal missionary team.  Together, we can present the big picture of what men can be.

If you’re male and are reading this, ask yourself if God is calling you to serve your brothers in the prolife ministry by walking the journey with them.  Don’t worry about not having anything to contribute or not knowing what to do.  Those of us who are in the ministry will walk with you and together we can walk with our brothers.  Just bring the gift of your masculinity before the Lord and put it at the service of your brothers.

Where are the prolife men?

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Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 9:17 AM  Comments (1)  

Loyal Subjects of the King and Faithful Sons and Daughters of God

We have a moral duty to be children of the Church.  At this time, when our nation goes to the polls to vote, we must remind ourselves that we are citizens of the Church and a nation.  As citizens of the Church, we must guide our nation to fulfill the destiny that God has given to every nation, to ensure the welfare of its people.  We must first secure every human being’s right to life, then all of the other rights that flow from that.

Several years ago, I found myself teaching a group of high school students who live with autism and learning disabilities.  We were discussing human rights.  A 16-year old boy raised his hand and said, “If you don’t secure the right to life, why waste time discussing the other rights?”  It causes one  to wonder who has learning disabilities.

The unborn, sick, elderly, disabled and the embryo in a Petri dish are all sons and daughters of God.  They have come into existence through the Word of God, not man’s will.  Man supplies the mechanics; only God can give life. 

As Brothers of Life, it is our mission to remind Catholics of our martyrs, who gave their lives for their faith.  Along with them, we have a rich tradition of holy men and women who suffered a bloodless martyrdom, living with inconveniences and sometimes suffering and hardship, as a natural part of living a virtuous life.  Sometimes, the Gospel of Life requires sacrifice.  Very often, true love hurts.

The enemy deceives us into believing that we must make certain sacrifices in order to have safer neighborhood, better schools, more jobs and the other things that we want for our families.  However, on the great moral ladder, the highest good remains the dignity of life. 

The bible is our best guide.  Look at how it is organized.  The first book of the bible is the Book of the Beginning, not by coincidence.  God wrote about the origin and the sacredness of life  into the hearts and consciences of the biblical writers.    They could not compose the sacred texts and ignore the one great truth; all life comes from and through the Word of God and all was created for Him.  As St. Francis so clearly wrote in his Canticle of the Creatures, all life reflects something of the Glory of God. 

Today, some men and women seek political posts at the expense of life.  This is an immoral use of the democratic process.  The true and noble purpose of democracy is to protect the inalienable rights of man, not to gain a vote at the expense of man.  Man’s first inalienable right is the right to be born.  His second inalienable right is inscribed on the other side of the same coin, the right to die at a time and in a manner of God’s choosing.  God chooses when we are to be born and when we are to die according to his plan for our salvation.  Man has no right to interfere with God’s plan for his salvation.

We are not an evolutionary accident.  We are the product of the mind of God.  In His mind there is a precise moment in history that is conducive to our salvation.  He brings us into existence and gives us the right number of years of life to work out our salvation according to His plan. 

The highest form of worship is to love, respect and protect what God creates.  The highest form of service is to make proper use of what he gives us.  To use science and law in a manner that is contrary to his plan is a grave sin, because it is an irresponsible use of God-given talent and freedom.  We must ask ourselves whether it is moral to place men and women in office who will use knowledge and freedom to offer legal protection to the murder of innocent people.

We have been given freedom for a purpose.  Contrary to popular opinion, God did not give us freedom to choose right or wrong.  God gave us freedom so that we might choose what is right and thereby be truly deserving of his grace and heaven.  God made is with the same attributes as his Son.  Jesus freely chose to do the Will of his Father.  He embodies everything that a man should be and should do.  He chooses to die, rather than allow us to perish.  We, who are created in the image and likeness of the Son, have the power to make the same choice.  We can live with suffering and challenges, rather than allow others to perish.

We may have to vote for a candidate that does not deliver the material things that we want or need, but who supports and protects the highest good of all, the right to be born and the right to live as long as God wishes us to live.  For many of us, this may be a form of bloodless martyrdom.  Like St. Thomas More, we must be loyal subjects of the king and faithful sons and daughters of the Church, even if it means martyrdom.

Published in: on November 1, 2010 at 6:37 PM  Leave a Comment