Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Day of Penance and Prayer

"In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life."

The personal is indeed political. And I assume we agree that the promotion of social justice, or lack thereof, is not a cultural norm for the rank and file Catholic. While the conversation surrounding abortion is unpleasant at best, we are remiss in our devotion to Christ's mission when we remain silent. Or when we turn a deaf ear to those who may seem...well, fanatical about the issue. Something tells me that even this post will be the cause of an eyeball roll among some of my own friends and family.

So be it.

On this day of penance, we should reflect on our culpability and our silence. Let's show as much contrition for our own inaction, apathy, and resignation as we do for the act itself.

I'm told the total number of American soldiers killed in the war in Iraq is roughly equal to the number of daily abortions.

Our silence equates to complicity.

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