No man is ordinary in the eyes of God.

           From Fr Luke's Homily, July 11 2015

What we ask for .......
I asked for strength,

and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom,

and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity,

and God gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage,
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love,
and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favours,
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted,
but everything I needed.
     From Msgr Shiels' Homily - July 5 2015

Star of the Sea Book Club 2014/2015 - SELECTIONS

Abortion and euthanasia - the bookends of human rights abuse - remain unresolved issues in Canada.  It is time for us to speak up and act. 

Tragically, in the last forty years, the lives of over four million unborn children have been unjustly taken away from them, all because they were unwanted and their lives are unprotected by law.  This is the Canadian genocide!

Here in Canada we are told that abortion is a settled issue.  This, of course, is a great lie, but a lie that many people appear quite willing to live with.  The issue of abortion just keeps coming back again and again.

Some politicians and others in Canada like to lecture other countries about their human rights abuses, but turn a blind eye to the killing of unborn children in their our own country.  The moral high ground is increasingly being eroded.  All the while, respect for human rights is becoming mere lip service.

Recently the Supreme Court of Canada, after removing the ban on assisted suicide, has given the federal government one year to frame legislation to regulate the practice.  Again, it is the most vulnerable whose lives are at risk, not only the elderly and the disabled, but also young people who feel their sufferings are intolerable.  People who suffer from illness need compassion and care, not be pushed over the edge!

Martin Luther King said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” [I Have a Dream].

What can we do?  What ought we to do?  Doing nothing and remaining silent are not options.  As a start, we can and must become more informed about life issues so that we can speak intelligently about such issues and do so in a way that has a positive impact.  To become better informed get in touch with the Right to Life Association of Mississauga-Brampton, 857 Craig Carrier Court, Mississauga, Ontario. L6W 1A6 or call Genevieve Carson’s cell phone: 416-888-0251.  Read Evangelium Vitae, St. Pope John Paul’s II’s encyclical on the Gospel of Life which lays out the Catholic Church’s teaching on human life.  You might consider subscribing to The Interim Newspaper, 104 Bond Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1X9.  Telephone: 416-204-1687 or Fax: 416-204-1027.  You may also consider checking out LifeSite News on the Internet to keep yourself up to date on what is happening in the realm of life issues.

Secondly, we are dealing with powerful and financially well-endowed forces that seek to silence all voices but their own.  Nevertheless we can stand up and refuse to let our voices be silenced.  It is good to remember that the Church always proposes, never imposes.  We can dialogue respectfully and try to win over hearts and minds.

Thirdly, we can tap into the vast ocean of God’s mercy, healing and strength- resources infinitely greater than our own- and express our longing for justice for the unborn and the most vulnerable through our prayers for them. We can join with others in prayerful witness in the Life Chain and the March for Life.

If you would like to become active politically in pro-life work, you can get in touch with Campaign Life Coalition, 104 Bond Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1X9.  Telephone: 416-204-9749 or Fax: 416-204-1027.  You can also, if you have the resources, support financially Campaign Life in its tireless work in trying to win some protection for the unborn and other vulnerable people.   

We can all do something to make a difference.  What we must not do is remain silent and do nothing.  To do so only allows evil to grow and flourish.

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Fr Neil

St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario