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-Father Timothy S. Reid
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There’s much to pray for in the upcoming week. Looming large in our country, of course, is the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. It is no secret that, though Mr. Biden professes to be Catholic, he holds and supports positions that are in direct conflict with our Catholic Faith, most egregiously his support for abortion. Moreover, his vice-presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, is also unabashedly pro-abortion, and as a senator pushed forward legislation that would force people of faith to comply with laws they find morally objectionable. So it is imperative that we pray for them and for the members of Congress. As the Democratic platform contains so many planks that are morally objectionable, now that both the White House and Congress are controlled by Democrats means we will likely see many changes in our country that well -formed Catholics will find quite abhorrent.
Leading up to the November election and in its tumultuous aftermath, many of us prayed Rosary novenas for God’s will to be done. Knowing that God does not ignore our prayers and answers every prayer according to His holy will, we must accept the fact that a Biden presidency, supported by a Congress controlled by the Democrats, is something that God has deigned to permit. And if God is permitting something seemingly evil to happen, then it simply means that He plans to draw a greater good from it. So along with our prayers, we must exercise a lot of faith in the days to come.
At the same time, we must do more than pray and have faith in God’s goodness. We must continue working in the public arena for laws that respect life, human dignity, and religious freedom – all of which could be in great peril in the incoming presidential administration. And we must be bold in our proclamation of the good news of the Gospel, for adhering to the Gospel is the only path to salvation.
Please keep in mind that this Friday, 22 January 2021, is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion and has led to the deaths of 60 million American babies in the wombs of their mothers. As we mark this solemn and sad occasion, let us pray in a particular way for the end to this shameful and horrendous practice that so offends our blessed Lord. Let us pray, too, for the healing of all those who have had an abortion, and anyone who has participated in an abortion in any way.
The National Right to Life March is this Friday, 29 January 2021, in Washington, D.C. I hope that some of you will attend that march, taking the necessary precautions to avoid COVID. As we prepare to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and prepare for the National Right to Life March, let us all take on a few extra penances to make reparation for terrible sin of abortion.
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,