From the statement of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in anticipation of the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
“As our nation awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we join together in prayer and expectant hope that states will again be able to protect women and children from the injustice of abortion. As we affirm the value of every human life, we welcome the possibility of saving countless unborn children as well as sparing women and families the pain of abortion.…We exhort our nation to prioritize the well-being of women, children, and families with both material resources and personal accompaniment so that no woman ever feels forced to choose between her future and the life of her child… To proclaim with a clear and united voice that our society can and must protect and care for both women and their children. To redouble our advocacy for laws that ensure the right to life for unborn children and that no mother or family lacks the basic resources needed to care for their children, regardless of race, age, immigration status, or any other factor. To continue to support and advocate for public policies and programs directed toward building up the common good and fostering integral human development, with a special concern for the needs of immigrants and low-income families… We are deeply conscious that, after nearly half a century of legalized abortion, more than 65 million children have died from abortion and an untold number of women, men, and families suffer in the aftermath.”
As a community of faithful Catholics at Holy Trinity and St Patrick’s, our parish must have a renewed commitment in defense of the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death. We must proclaim God’s mercy and compassion so that men and women affected by abortion will receive forgiveness, healing, and spiritual renewal. We must transform our parishes into what Pope Francis calls “islands of mercy in a sea of indifference”. We must stay informed on current respect life legislation, family life, immigration and social justice topics. Some helpful websites– links to prolife resources/prayers/sign up for updates action alerts: www.usccb.org/prolife, https://cdop.org/offices/respectlife, www.usccb.org/conscience, www.usccb.org/pray. http://www.rachelsvineyard.org, www.cci.org.
Above all, we must be a parish family of constant Prayer and sacrifice. Let us pray for the Supreme Court Justices, that the Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and provide them with the gifts needed to make decisions that protect innocent women and children. Let us humbly offer small sacrifices every day for their healing.
“[E]very human life, unique and unrepeatable, has value in and of itself; it is of inestimable value. This must always be proclaimed anew with the courage of the Word and the courage of actions. It calls us to solidarity and fraternal love for the great human family and for each of its members.”
–Pope Francis on the 25th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (March 25, 2020)