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“God created man in his image” Gen. 1:27. We share in God’s divine life. There are many people in our country and many good things are happening in our country. We are proud of them and grateful to God for all the blessings, especially the gift of life.
It is 38 years since Americans have the constitutional right to abort their unborn children on demand. Roe vs. Wade gave that ‘right’ on Jan, 22, 1973. A couple weeks ago the state of Kentucky ruled that even minors from out-of-state have the ‘right’ to get an abortion in Kentucky, if a judge approves.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin who died in 1984 spoke boldly and clearly: ‘the culture of death should be made culture of life, seamless garment.’ He explained the ethics of life asking to respect life from womb to tomb.
If we examine life and death, both are mysteries. Life, we believe, is a gift from God. If it is a gift we should love and respect both the giver and the gift. God didn’t approve the act of the first murderer Cain. He had his own reason to kill his brother, Abel. The Lord asked Cain: “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil” Genesis 4:10. The killing continued, courageous prophets including John the Baptist’s blood was shed. Herod ordered to kill the innocent children after he learnt about the birth of Jesus. Even the Son of God was crucified.
Killing continued down through the centuries. Hitler killed thousands of people. He had his own reasons to do it. On Dec. 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was executed after being found guilty of crimes against humanity. We are still in shock of Tucson, Ariz., 22-year-old Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage. Just a week ago a mother shot three of her children and shot herself in Austin, Ind. When we hear all these stories from the past and present what do we think? Do we really respect life?
I think we need to cultivate a culture of life. We have no power to give life so let there be no power to take the life also. Let the fifth commandment ‘do not kill’ be practiced in all aspects. I am the 10th child in my family. If my parents had decided to abort me, I could not have seen the light. We can not simply wash our hands. The blood of the innocent is still falling on the ground. We hear the silent scream of our innocent brothers and sisters in the womb of our sisters. Let us try to protect them. Let us not continue what Hitler or Stalin or Saddam or Loughner did. I am the guardian of my brothers and sisters both born and unborn.
The Rev. Kavungal Davy, CMI, is serving St. John’s Catholic Church in Carrollton.