+ St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
March 19, 2010
Dear Chapter promoters, presidents, priors, councilors, Dominicans and Friends:
The national struggle for peace and justice starts with us—personally—today.
In this Lenten Season, it requires to individually convert and seek God and to live in holiness. A good example converts many hearts and minds that can in time convert the Nation. It is a great source of hope. It is preaching without words.
As a Nation, it is time to choose rightly and do rightly. If God’s people have hope in justice and we act on that hope, we can live in His peace. With current national debate, the message must resonate, “It is time to stop killing the innocent; whether in the public and private institutions, in the nursing homes, on the streets, in the home, or in the womb.
The principle is that the just treatment of all persons is grounded on the human dignity of each individual person. To have peace and justice and a well-ordered society in this Nation requires this principle to be known and lived in the hearts and minds of God’s people that journey and live in America.
This begins with the protection of the most innocent people among us. These persons inhabit the womb and have a soul, a body, a mind, a will, and emotions. These persons have made no choices, have not seen a sunset, have not walked along the sea, have not enjoyed a choice to love, and have not prayed and listened to the voice of God.
With the knowledge of these persons in mind, I urge you to contact your Congressperson and encourage him or her to vote against the health care bill as presently constructed. It remains fatally flawed on the issues of abortion funding and conscience protections. It would expand usage of the practice of, and the political right to commit an abortion. It cannot withstand serious moral scrutiny.
If you do not know the name and contact information of your congressperson, use this link and with your zip code to find your congressperson: http://www.house.gov/zip/ZIP2Rep.html
As Francis Cardinal George said recently:
“The struggle we face today in defending human dignity is becoming more complex. I’ve believed for many years that abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime. We can’t simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children. We can’t build a just society, and at the same time legally sanctify the destruction of generations of unborn human life. The rights of the poor and the rights of the unborn child flow from exactly the same human dignity guaranteed by the God who created us.”
[Francis Cardinal George, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.]
Thank you. God bless your efforts. With good will,
Sincerely in St. Dominic,
John Keenan, J.D., O.P.L.; Lay Promoter; Western Dominican Province.