So there we have it!!
Any breaking of any of the Commandments is serious
Whenever we talk about rebellion against the Lord, sin, there is a weight there
This is one of those sins that has touched so many lives
We have talked about the degree to which there can be factors that weigh on a person and bring that person to distress, fear, and panic
Those aspects can mitigate a person’s culpability
If we cannot empathize with someone who believes that abortion is their only option out of fear or distress, then there is something broken inside of each and every one of us
Maybe you have worked through this so fully that you have resolved that this would never be an option
That is beautiful and wonderful
We can still empathize with someone who is afraid
When the culture tells this person that this is their only option and this is their only way out and that abortion is the only thing you could possibly choose in order to be free and healthy and happy, WE KNOW THAT IS NOT TRUE
There are a lot of people in our world that do not know that is not true
They do not know the beauty of adoption
They also do not know the fact that there are many people throughout human history who have had a crisis pregnancy or unplanned pregnancy who have had their child and kept their child and have had amazing lives
This could be the story of your child or your grandchild
The Church is absolutely clear that all of human life is inviolable
All human life deserves dignity, respect, and needs protection
Paragraph 2271 says, “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”
The Didache is also known as the book called The Teaching of the Apostles which goes back to the second century
Some people say things like, “Where is that in the Bible?”
“This is a recent invention by the Catholic Church.”
Nothing could be further from the truth
Those who follow after Jesus do not do this
Paragraph 2272 says, “Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,’ ‘by the very commission of the offense,’ and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.”
Not only does a person need to be reconciled to the Lord and to the Church through confession, there is also a canonical penalty
By the very fact of procuring an abortion, and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law, a person is excommunicated
“The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.”
This is the scourge of abortion
Abortion has destroyed millions of lives and has transformed our culture
We have become a culture of death
Even those who survive, it has wounded them
Abortion has two victims
The one who dies and the one who is wounded
The child and the mother
Abortion also has other victims
Society at large has been wounded because of the reality of abortion
Because of that, it doesn’t end with the child
It doesn’t end with the woundedness of the mother
It actually wounds our entire culture
That is one of the reasons why the Church has attached this canonical penalty to highlight the reality of the injurious nature of this sin
If this is part of your story, please go to Confession
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike tell his story about people in Bible in a Year and Catechism in a Year…
If you dreaded this day, please know that you are not alone
This community has people who have been convicted by the NEED to go to Confession
They went to Confession and experienced the most incredible freedom, the most incredible peace, the most incredible welcome back, the most incredible reconciliation, and the most incredible love
THAT IS WHAT MERCY IS!!
MERCY IS THE LOVE WE NEED THE MOST BUT WE DESERVE THE LEAST
If that is part of your story, please do not let the wound get in the way of healing
Do not let the sin get in the way of God’s love for you
GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH!!
WE NEED TO DECLARE THIS!!
We need to declare the truth of sin
We also need to declare the TRUTH OF GOD’S LOVE
NEVER EVER FORGET IT!!
ACT ON IT!!
If you or someone you love or know is wounded by this, you are invited to go to Confession as soon as you can
HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD’S LOVE FOR YOU!!
HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD’S MERCY FOR YOU!!
GOD WANTS TO HEAL THAT WOUND AND BRING YOU HOME!!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAY WOUNDED!!
If this is not part of your story, please PRAY FOR EACH OTHER
Pray for every person in this community who hears these words right now and is hesitant and fearful and doubts God’s mercy
Without God’s grace, none of us will move
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT…