Speaking the Truth

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Speaking the Truth in Love

 

Blessed are you when people hate you,

and when they exclude and insult you,

and denounce your name as evil

on account of the Son of man.

 

In the past few weeks, there has been plenty of discussions sparked by the events in New York and Virginia and now other states that want to expand abortion “rights” and timing. I gave a homily on February 3rd (it’s online) in response to this. As Catholics, we are always at the front lines of the abortion and dignity of all human life battle.  For us, it doesn’t matter if you are a donkey or an elephant, red or blue, from Mars or Mexico, life has value. No matter if he/she is sickly, elderly, imprisoned, immigrant, unwanted or unborn. There are times in life that if you defend this inalienable truth, people will hate you, exclude you, insult you and denounce you as evil, as the verse above says. But this rejection alone doesn’t validate your position. There are many people today, both warranted and unwarranted in their stances, who are equally vilified. The key to this passage is that you are blessed when you are denounced on account of the Son of man.  When you stand up for the truth, which is validated by Christ and his Church, then you know you are in the right and that your stance has grounds. 

 

We must remember that just as important as standing up for the truth, is spreading the truth in love. If all we do is condemn abortion, we leave out our responsibility to provide for those young ladies who are pregnant and struggling with what to do. We leave out the women who have had abortions and are struggling dealing with it. We leave out taking action to provide support or forgiveness for these ladies. This is why we offer prayer and support groups, and the Diocese offers places like the St. Clare house for unwed pregnant women who are struggling. This is why we can condemn the evil because we also provide the support. 

 

So yes, stand up and fight the evils that are permeating our culture. Use the power of your vote to make your voice be heard. Stand for life. Do that by both speaking  the truth, but also by providing loving assistance for those struggling now, or who’ve struggled in the past, with abortion.

 

Clergy Corner

Read our Clergy Corner blog.


Recent

Total Commitment to the Lord

Friday, September 18, 2020
The life of a Christian whose commitment to the Lord is not total is a waste. St. Paul was a totally committed apostle so that he could assure his... Read More

Forgiveness

Friday, September 11, 2020
This Sunday’s Gospel passage offers us a lesson on forgiveness which does not deny wrongdoing but recognizes that human beings, created in... Read More

Patience, Courage and Charity

Friday, September 4, 2020
One of the greatest issues that tend to plague the younger generations is their inability to properly communicate. In a digital age, where most... Read More

But who do you say that I am?

Friday, August 21, 2020
When Jesus quizzes the apostles about His developing reputation, they are well aware of what people were saying. The apostles had families and... Read More

God Hears Our Prayers

Friday, August 14, 2020
We continue hearing from the Gospel of St. Matthew these stories of a seemingly uncouth Jesus dealing with a Canaanite woman begging for help. This... Read More

Reaching the Distant Shores

Friday, August 7, 2020
The disciples were at the mystery of a storm. "The boat, already several hundred yards out from shore, was being tossed about in the waves... Read More

Nothing can Separate Us from His Love

Saturday, August 1, 2020
The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish provides a chance for a midsummer reflection on the Eucharist, on the Mass, the central... Read More

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day

Saturday, July 25, 2020
This weekend is special! Not because I’m finally here… because this weekend we celebrate our Parish Feast Day. The Feast of St. Mary... Read More

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

Sunday, July 19, 2020
It is true that we have to “hate sin but love the sinner,” for, after all, we have to follow the example of our Merciful God. It is... Read More

Thank You, Mary Magdalene!

Sunday, July 12, 2020
Read More

Jesus Wants to Journey with Us, Right Beside Us

Sunday, July 5, 2020
It is to people like ourselves that the Lord speaks in today’s Gospel reading. He asks all who find life weary and burdensome to come to Him:... Read More

If Not, Why Not?

Sunday, June 28, 2020
The Gospel this weekend leads us to ask a simple question… “If not, why not?” What do you know in your heart to be absolutely... Read More

The Test of True Loyalty for Humans is Loyalty to God

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Whom shall we be afraid of; God or man? The answer is obvious, but let us be sincere in our examination. Many times we have contradicted our belief... Read More

Walking Together Toward the Promise of New Life

Saturday, June 13, 2020
The Gospel of John presents the discourse on the “bread of life,” held by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum, in which he affirms,... Read More

Let Your Faith Shine Forth

Sunday, June 7, 2020
I want you to think about the readings from the past few weeks. When we get to heaven… what is that that we are going to find? Are we going... Read More

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!