A Word of Thanks:
I would like to personally thank all who helped us in having a worthy celebration of the Lord’s Nativity, all who gave of their time, talent, and treasure to decorate the Church, those who put in extra hours so that music might be an integral part of our most solemn worship, the Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and our Altar Servers. Last, but not least, I thank you all for your cards, gifts, and treats, may God reward your thoughtfulness and generosity.
January 17th and 21st:
Food for the Poor is sending a priest, Fr Lyons, to tells us about the work of the organization Food for the Poor next weekend. I will be out of town with several members of our parish to take part in the annual March For Life in Washington DC. While our parishes have only a small number of people going this year, we will be joining hundreds of pilgrims, mostly youth, from the Diocese of LaCrosse. In DC, and all around the country, hundreds of thousands of people will give voice to those who have no voice, the unborn.
We march so that the dignity of every human life will be upheld. As Catholics, Our Lord calls us defend the innocent and stand against grave injustice and evil. While there are indeed other issues at stake in the world: hunger, disease, war, persecution, immigration, the Church is already hard at work answers those issues.
“Every single day the Catholic Church feeds, houses, and clothes more people, takes care of more sick people, visits more prisoners, and educates more people than any other institution on the face of the earth could ever hope to.
The very essence of health care and caring for the sick emerged through the Church, through the religious orders, in direct response to the value and dignity that the Gospel assigns to each and every human life.
Prior to the Church’s introduction of education for the common man, education was reserved only for the nobility. Almost the entire Western world is educated today because of the Church’s pioneering role in universal education.” (Matthew Kelley)
Yet, the issue of abortion touches at the most fundamental right of every human being, the right to life.
“The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”
"We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other." (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
One of my inspirations for standing for Life is Imre Bathory. He had risked his life to save Jews from extermination during the Holocaust, when asked why he risked so much for people he didn’t know he said: “I know that when I stand before God on Judgment Day, I shall not be asked the question posed to Cain – where were you when your brother’s blood was crying out to God?”
Please keep us in your prayers as we travel.
Father Robert Letona