After our wonderful Christmas celebrations are completed, we often look ahead to our new year and make plans and resolutions. Ponder this poem by Howard Thurman called “Now the Work of Christmas Begins”:
When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost, to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.
Let us resolve find ways to practice mercy in the coming year. One way to practice mercy is to work for a more just society. God desires that all His children are able to live in a way so that they can become who God created them to be. We have a lot of work to do this year and in the years ahead. We begin with unborn life this coming Saturday, January 21, but we do not end there.
On January 21, join with other Catholics on the Halifax Mall in Raleigh (the grassy area surrounded by the Legislative Office and Education Buildings). The Love My Life Youth Rally will be at 10AM with Mass following, then N.C. March for Life Rally at 1:15PM, and N.C. March immediately following. (There is free parking across N. Salisbury Street from the Legislative Office Building.)
North Carolina Right to Life Inc. writes: “Since the right to life is necessary in order for an individual to enjoy any other rights, we support the legal protection of all innocent human life from fertilization until natural death. We therefore oppose abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, infanticide and euthanasia/assisted suicide. . .We support adult stem cell research, adoption, and other positive measures that uphold and protect innocent human life.” (http://ncrtl.org/ ) We also can work to help disadvantaged mothers care for their children by finding ways to provide food, housing, child care, and healthcare. We have a lot of work to do.
Adapted from Barbara Molinari Quinby’s Justice Bulletin Board