The following is the homily from the Pro–Life Vigil Mass offered by Cardinal Dolan in Washington, DC on January 21.
Pro – Life Vigil Mass
National Shrine, January 21, 2016
“I know that God is with us, for God, in whose promise we glory, for in God we trust without fear. What can death do against us?”
Those noble sentiments of this evening’s psalm are certainly our own as we keep a vigil of thanksgiving for the sacred gift of life, a vigil of repentance for attacks upon life, a vigil of supplication for its protection.
Like that crowd around Jesus in this evening’s gospel,…
The news has been full over the last few weeks of revelations about the “harvesting” of organs by Planned Parenthood from the remains of aborted children, so they can be sold for medical research. Reactions have varied. Some have offered technical arguments about the legality of this practice, while others have sought to attack the makers of the undercover videos. Planned Parenthood’s PR people have been busy. Some legislators have understandably and laudably initiated measures to stop their public funding, while others continue to attempt to defend the indefensible.
Most of us simply recoil in horror from this ghoulish practice.
Jesus came to restore the culture of life… The more vulnerable the life is the more Jesus reaches out to protect it. On January 22, people will gather to stand up for the culture of life as a reminder that all life is sacred.
This morning I had the immense privilege of celebrating a Requiem Mass for Dr. Bernard Nathanson. It was inspiring to see so many people present to celebrate the life of this champion of life. Dr. Nathanson’s pastor, Father Gerald Murray, preached a magnificent homily. I’m privileged to share it with you.
Here is an excerpt:
“Dr. Bernard Nathanson was a fearless advocate of the self-evident truth that it is a grave injustice to kill people before they are born. The unjust decisions of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton mandating legalized abortion…
Here is a copy of my homily from Pro-Life Sunday, Sunday, October 3, 2010, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. An audio clip of the homily is available online here.
“For the vision, still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it
it will surely come, it will not be late.”
The vision . . . God’s holy Word this Sunday morning, from the Prophet Habakkuk.
The vision . . . what is this vision?
From the beginning, our creator…