I look forward to it, but in the meantime we have work to do. The future is always bright for faithful Catholics, and it is an honor and a privilege to be foot soldiers in the Battle for Life in this country. All is not lost for us and our country, since HE is on our side.
Blessed Pope John Paul the Great (who we may piously hope may be proclaimed a saint before the year is out!) has told us what to do. The question to ask ourselves is: Are we doing what he told us—with faith, hope, and charity, and without faltering?
Let’s turn again to the lessons of the encyclical: "We need first of all to foster, in ourselves and in others, a contemplative outlook," developing a habit of prayer linking ourselves with God. Then comes action, "our support and promotion of human life" by "personal witness, various forms of volunteer work, social activity and political commitment."
The "structure of sin" that threatens human life must be dismantled. We must commit ourselves to changing unjust laws that permit violence against life. Such laws are not inevitable (look at what some governors are doing in states like Gov. Sam Brownback’s Kansas). Finally, we must raise our children as Christians. The witness of Christian families is vitally important in building a new Culture of Life.
First appeared on Truth and Charity Forum, June 2013.