Speaking the Truth

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Speaking the Truth in Love

 

Blessed are you when people hate you,

and when they exclude and insult you,

and denounce your name as evil

on account of the Son of man.

 

In the past few weeks, there has been plenty of discussions sparked by the events in New York and Virginia and now other states that want to expand abortion “rights” and timing. I gave a homily on February 3rd (it’s online) in response to this. As Catholics, we are always at the front lines of the abortion and dignity of all human life battle.  For us, it doesn’t matter if you are a donkey or an elephant, red or blue, from Mars or Mexico, life has value. No matter if he/she is sickly, elderly, imprisoned, immigrant, unwanted or unborn. There are times in life that if you defend this inalienable truth, people will hate you, exclude you, insult you and denounce you as evil, as the verse above says. But this rejection alone doesn’t validate your position. There are many people today, both warranted and unwarranted in their stances, who are equally vilified. The key to this passage is that you are blessed when you are denounced on account of the Son of man.  When you stand up for the truth, which is validated by Christ and his Church, then you know you are in the right and that your stance has grounds. 

 

We must remember that just as important as standing up for the truth, is spreading the truth in love. If all we do is condemn abortion, we leave out our responsibility to provide for those young ladies who are pregnant and struggling with what to do. We leave out the women who have had abortions and are struggling dealing with it. We leave out taking action to provide support or forgiveness for these ladies. This is why we offer prayer and support groups, and the Diocese offers places like the St. Clare house for unwed pregnant women who are struggling. This is why we can condemn the evil because we also provide the support. 

 

So yes, stand up and fight the evils that are permeating our culture. Use the power of your vote to make your voice be heard. Stand for life. Do that by both speaking  the truth, but also by providing loving assistance for those struggling now, or who’ve struggled in the past, with abortion.

 

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