My Dear Friends in Christ,
Spring is traditionally regarded as the season of
birth and newness of life. The analogy is obvious to anyone with even a passing understanding of biology; Spring is quite literally the season wherein new life springs from the ground and animals of all kinds give birth to the new generation.
For my part, I have always appreciated the relationship between the symbolic and practical aspects of the season. It is difficult to avoid getting swept into the hopeful spirit of Spring after a long Winter (especially given that Spokane Winters often span a couple extra months). There is, however, an implication of Spring which I think we often overlook:
If Spring is birth, what, then, is Winter? Scientifically speaking, Winter is the season wherein new life is
, just beneath the surface, ready to come into the open with the change of the weather. In Winter, the earth is being prepared to receive the eruption of life in the Spring. Yet, truthfully, the life is already
. The seeds lie dormant beneath the soil, but they are alive in their dormancy. Does it not follow logically that if Spring is birth, then Winter is pregnancy?
I confess that I have always loved Winter (I'm one of those much-hated individuals who prays for snow every year), but the realization that Winter is, in its own subtle way, a season of
has only deepened my delight in the season. Winter - that beautiful time of the year when life is knit together in the womb of the earth. It is fitting that the New Year comes in the middle of Winter, promising hope and a new future in the same manner as the promise of offspring.
All of which casts the timing of Roe v. Wade in tragic relief. One can't help but shudder at the sick irony that the legislation which denied the rights of pre-born children should come dead in the middle of the season when the earth lies pregnant. It is poetic in its own twisted way; a season of promise and hope for the future perverted by the unnatural destruction of life in the womb. If anything were to cause me to sink into a seasonal despondency, it would be this.
Yet, far from sending me into a Winter malaise, the grim parallels of this time of year only enliven my determination to see the Culture of Death undone. In fact, they give me
. Death, you see, is unnatural. It is the result of Original Sin. For death to be brought to the innocent in the womb in this season of pregnancy is an affront to God and Nature. So rejoice, my friends, for God has conquered death! Salvation History is the story of Christ's triumph over the forces of darkness as He renders the world like unto Himself! Abortion is a stain upon the canvas of Creation, and God will not long abide such a stain to mar His masterpiece!
Time and time again the Culture of Death has arisen in history. It has gone by many names and taken root in many cultures - the Romans, the Aztecs, the worshipers of Ba'al, the Ottoman Imperialists, the Fascists, the Communists, the list goes on. And yet, for however insurmountable each of these powers seemed or however deeply the Culture of Death had infected their cultures, Life has always triumphed. For our God is greater than any evil, and the Natural Law He created abhors the unnatural machinations of sin and destruction. The Life of Christ has entered the world, and death cannot stand against Him.
This does not, of course, absolve us the responsibility to bring this Life to others. We here in Eastern Washington are blessed with many opportunities to do so. Please read below for more details, and please share these events with your friends, family, and communities.
are how the word spreads! Hearts and minds change one invitation at a time!
May God bless you and yours throughout this New Year, and may all good seeds which lie dormant in your lives bloom into trees which shall bear much fruit in due season.
Respect Life Office Coordinator
Walk for Life Northwest
- We hope to see you Jan. 12th!
The fourth annual Walk for Life Northwest is just around the corner! In communion with our brothers and sisters marching in Washington DC and throughout the country this month, the Walk for Life is an act of prayerful solidarity and a powerful witness to the sanctity of all human life. Please join us for the 10:00AM Mass with Bishop Daly at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes before the Walk. Participants will begin gathering at the Red Wagon in Riverfront Park at 11:00AM for the information faire. Joanna Hyatt of Live Action will speak at noon to kick off the Walk itself, which will take us through the streets of downtown Spokane. The Walk is expected to end a little after 1:00PM. Banners and posters are welcome but, please, no graphic posters. Parishioners on the north side of Spokane may be able to avail themselves of a Knights of Columbus/Catholic Daughters of America-sponsored bus downtown; please contact the Respect Life Office if you are interested.
- Deadline Approaching Jan. 14th for Jan. 26th Showing!
In an era of mindless sex, deliberately emotionless relationships, and on-demand abortion, is it any wonder that brokenness and depression are epidemic in our country?
Unprotected: A Pope, the Pill, and the Perils of Sexual Chaos
explores how we got here, what this 'lifestyle' has done to us, and how we can be healed. But we need your help! We're still short of the number of tickets needed to show the movie at Spokane Valley Regal Stadium, and the deadline is fast approaching! Even if you are unable to attend yourself, please consider
to ensure that this vital film receives the attention it deserves. For the price of a drive-through meal you can help us remind people of their own value as
Conference on Pornography: the New Drug
- Feb. 23rd
Pornography. Often dismissed as merely a harmless example of 'boys being boys,' the truth is that it is far more toxic than that. Not only does the addiction afflict both men
women, but also an increasingly youthful population, with children well under ten being exposed. The addictive effects are comparable to hard drugs. It is not surprising then that pornography damages brain chemistry, destroys relationships, stunts sexuality, and contributes directly to the rise of sexual abuse and human trafficking. Fortunately, this new drug is not going unchallenged. On Feb. 23rd at 7:30PM, GU will be hosting the
Conference on Pornography
. There, leading voices in the fight against sexual addiction and human trafficking will be speaking in depth on the tragic effects of pornography and on how we can protect ourselves and our children from this epidemic. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your places in advance. Flyers have been attached for your convenience, and you may follow
Together we are building a Culture of Life!
Conference on Porn - the New Drug Page1.pdf
Conference on Porn - the New Drug Page2.pdf
on Thursday, January 3 at 3:57PM