Monsignor Yennock on Abortion - Homily from January 19, 2020

Jan 21, 2020

ABORTION 2020

SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

JANUARY 19, 2020

AROUND US, LIFE BURSTS WITH MIRACLES--A GLASS OF WATER, A RAY OF SUNSHINE, A LEAF, A CATERPILLAR, A FLOWER, LAUGHTER, RAINDROPS. IF YOU LIVE IN AWARENESS, IT IS EASY TO SEE MIRACLES EVERYWHERE. EACH HUMAN BEING IS A MULTIPLICITY OF MIRACLES. EYES THAT SEE THOUSANDS OF COLORS, SHAPES, AND FORMS; EARS THAT HEAR A BEE FLYING OR A THUNDERCLAP; A BRAIN THAT PONDERS A SPECK OF DUST AS EASILY AS THE ENTIRE COSMOS; A HEART THAT BEATS IN RHYTHM WITH THE HEARTBEAT OF ALL BEINGS. WHEN WE ARE TIRED AND FEEL DISCOURAGED BY LIFE'S DAILY STRUGGLES, WE MAY NOT NOTICE THESE MIRACLES, BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE.

ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME MIRACLES THAT IS ALWAYS THERE IS THE BIRTH OF A HUMAN BABY.

THERE IS NO LONGER ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE MIRACLE IN THE HUMAN WOMB. MODERN SCIENCE NOW DOCUMENTS THE EXISTENCE OF A HUMAN LIFE IN THE WOMB. IT DOCUMENTS THAT THE LIFE OF THE BABY IS DISTINCT FROM THE MOTHER. THE BABY IN THE WOMB HAS A DNA DIFFERENT FROM THE MOTHER’S DNA. SCIENCE ESTABLISHES BEYOND A DOUBT THAT THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT BODIES IN EVERY PREGNANCY—THE MOTHER’S BODY AND THE BABY’S BODY.

AT 20 WEEKS THESE TINY CREATURES CAN HEAR, EVEN RECOGNIZE A MOTHER’S VOICE. THEIR TOENAILS ARE GROWING AND THEIR HEARTS BEAT LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD BY A STETHOSCOPE.WHEN SCIENCE PROVES CONCLUSIVELY THAT THE UNBORN BABY CAN FEEL PAIN THE ENTIRE PRO-ABORTION DEBATE WILL CHANGE DRASTICALLY.

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ABORTION IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE WORLD, ENDING MORE LIVES THAN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, CANCER, AIDS, WAR, and HUNGER ... OR ANY OTHER CAUSE. WHEN WE HEAR NEWS LIKE THIS WE CRINGE IN DISBELIEF.

WE CANNOT BELIEVE THAT IN SOME HOSPITALS, AT ONE END OF THE HOSPITAL DOCTORS, NURSES, PHARMACISTS, TECHNICIANS ARE WORKING ALL NIGHT TO SAVE ONE LITTLE SICK BABY.

AT THE OTHER END OF THE HOSPITAL A DOCTOR WITH A SHARP INSTRUMENT IS TEARING APART, LIMB FROM LIMB A FULLY FORMED BABY IN THE WOMB. IF THAT BABY SURVIVES THE ATTEMPT TO KILL IT AND COMES OUT OF THE WOMB ALIVE THE DOCTOR AND NURSES ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE IT ON THE TABLE UNTIL IT DIES.

WITH THE MOTHER’S CONSENT THE LAW ALLOWS THE DOCTOR AND THE NURSES TO IGNORE THE BABY’S NEEDS, NEITHER FEEDING IT NOR CARING FOR IT IN ANY WAY. THAT’S CALLED INFANTICIDE. THE LAW IN NEW YORK STATE AND MANY OTHER STATES ALLOWS THAT TO GO ON.  

YOU AND I ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR REACTION TO THIS HORROR. WHENEVER ANY DECENT HUMAN BEING LOOKS AT A TELEVISION MONITOR AND SEES A FULLY FORMED BABY SWIMMING IN HIS AMNIOTIC FLUID; WHEN THEY SEE A BABY SUCKING HIS THUMB AND SLEEPING AND WAKING, AND TURNING OVER; WHEN THEY REALIZE THAT THE UNBORN BABY ACTUALLY DETERMINES HIS OWN BIRTHDAY; THEY KNOW INSTINCTIVELY—IT IS NOT RIGHT TO STOP THIS BEATING HEART FOR ANY REASON.

PERSONAL CHOICE IS NOT A HUMANE REASON FOR STOPPING THE BEATING HEART OF ANOTHER PERSON.

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE STILL MANY UNTHINKING PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY WHO CONTINUE TO   REPEAT THE WORN OUT MANTRA: “I AM PERSONALLY AGAINST ABORTION BUT I REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO TO YOUR BABY” 

WHEN YOU ASK PRO-CHOICE POLITICIANS AND PEOPLE WHO VOTE FOR THEM WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON ABORTION, THEY DO NOT GIVE YOU AN HONEST ANSWER. THEY DO NOT SAY: “I AM AGAINST ABORTION BECAUSE IT IS THE UNJUST KILLING OF AN INNOCENT PERSON”.

THEY EVADE THE QUESTION AND SAY: “I AM PRO-CHOICE”. WHICH CAN MEAN: “I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT A MOTHER CHOOSES TO DO WITH HER BABY. IF SHE WANTS TO KILL IT THAT’S HER BUSINESS NOT MINE.”

IT IS TIME THAT WE UNMASK THIS EVASION. TWO PEOPLE MAKE A CHOICE TO HAVE A BABY WHEN THEY CHOOSE TO HAVE SEXUAL UNION.  THE LAW OF NATURE TAKES OVER AFTER THAT CHOICE IS MADE. NATURE DOES NOT ALLOW ANY MORE CHOICES.

THE LAW OF NATURE, THROUGH SCIENCE, INFORMS US THAT THE ZYGOTE, THE FETUS, THE BABY IS A HUMAN PERSON. WHETHER OR NOT WHAT IS IN THE WOMB IS A HUMAN LIFE DOES NOT DEPEND ON THE SUBJECTIVE OPINION OF THE MOTHER, THE FATHER OR THE DOCTOR. NATURE THROUGH SCIENCE INFORMS US THAT THERE IS HUMAN LIFE IN THE WOMB.

THE LAW OF NATURE, DOWN DEEP INSIDE OF EVERY MOTHER TELLS HER: THERE IS A HELPLESS CHILD WITHIN YOU THAT NEEDS CARE AND NURTURING. NATURE NEVER SUGGESTS THAT SHE KILL HER CHILD BEFORE BIRTH.

THE RAGING FIRES IN AUSTRALIA THAT ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF A BILLION ANIMALS REMINDS US OF A TRUE STORY IN OUR OWN COUNTRY.

AFTER A FOREST FIRE IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, FOREST RANGERS BEGAN THEIR TREK UP A MOUNTAIN TO ASSESS THE INFERNO'S DAMAGE. ONE RANGER FOUND A BIRD LITERALLY PETRIFIED IN ASHES, PERCHED STATUESQUELY ON THE GROUND AT THE BASE OF A TREE.

SOMEWHAT SICKENED BY THE EERIE SIGHT, HE KNOCKED OVER THE BIRD WITH A STICK. WHEN HE GENTLY STRUCK IT, THREE TINY CHICKS SCURRIED FROM UNDER THEIR DEAD MOTHER'S WINGS.

THE LOVING MOTHER, KEENLY AWARE OF IMPENDING DISASTER, HAD CARRIED HER OFFSPRING TO THE BASE OF THE TREE AND HAD GATHERED THEM UNDER HER WINGS, INSTINCTIVELY KNOWING THAT THE TOXIC SMOKE WOULD RISE. SHE COULD HAVE FLOWN TO SAFETY BUT HAD REFUSED TO ABANDON HER BABIES.

THEN THE BLAZE HAD ARRIVED AND THE HEAT HAD SCORCHED HER SMALL BODY, THE MOTHER HAD REMAINED STEADFAST....BECAUSE SHE HAD BEEN WILLING TO DIE, SO THOSE UNDER THE COVER OF HER WINGS WOULD LIVE.

DO NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO DECEIVE YOU BY THEIR PRO-CHOICE RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT ABORTION. IF YOU ASK SOMEONE ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST RAPE THEY DO NOT SAY I AM PRO-CHOICE. A MORAL PERSON WOULD SAY: RAPE IS A SIN. IT IS A CRIME. IT IS INFAMY. OF COURSE I AM AGAINST ANYONE COMMITTING THE SIN OF RAPE-- PERIOD.

PRO-CHOICE IS A DISHONEST EVASION APPLIED ONLY TO ABORTION BY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TO ADMIT THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO TOLERATE A CRIME AGAINST NATURE, TOO EVIL TO CONTEMPLATE.

IT IS WELL DOCUMENTED THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS NOT PRO-CHOICE. DR. LEAN WEN THE NEW HEAD OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD TOLD THE WORLD EXACTLY WHAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S REAL PRIORITY IS. SHE SAID: “OUR CORE MISSION, IS PROVIDING, PROTECTING, AND EXPANDING ACCESS TO ABORTION.”

 

ON JANUARY 22, 1973 THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES DECLARED IN EFFECT: FROM NOW ON THE CHILD IN THE WOMB IS ON ITS OWN.  IN A 7 TO 2 DECISION 7 NON- ELECTED JUDGES MADE A DECISION THAT THE LAWS 0F OUR COUNTRY IN ALL 50 STATES WILL NO LONGER GIVE POLICE PROTECTION TO THE CHILD IN THE WOMB. SUDDENLY, THE WOMB THAT SHOULD BE THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD BECAME THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE WORLD.

OVER 50% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS DISAGREED WITH THIS BAD DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT. MANY RENOWNED JURISTS HAVE SAID THAT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BUT IT IS STILL THE LAW OF THE LAND. AND WE ARE LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES—A DIVIDED COUNTRY--DEAD BABIES--WOMEN SCARRED PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY-- FATHERS FEELING EMASCULATED, SAD AND DEFENSELESS-- A SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM THAT IS WEAKENING BY DIMINISHED POPULATION DUE TO ABORTION.

SINCE 1973 THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 60 MILLION ABORTIONS IN OUR COUNTRY.

MOST ABORTED BABIES ARE FORGOTTEN. THEY HAVE NO ONE TO MOURN FOR THEM—NO BURIAL IN A DECENT GRAVE—NO OBITUARIES-- NO EULOGIES—NO FAVORITE HYMNS—NO FUNERAL SERVICES— 

THE ONLY ONES WHO REMEMBER THEM ARE THEIR MOTHERS WHO ARE SCARRED FOR LIFE-- WOMEN WHOSE LIVES ARE HAUNTED BY A DECISION THAT THEY MADE IN A MOMENT OF FEAR, PANIC AND HELPLESSNESS.  EVERY WOMAN WHO HAS EVER HAD TO MAKE THAT DECISION DESERVES OUR PRAYERS AND OUR HELP.

WHERE IS GOD IN ALL OF THIS EVIL? HE IS IN A WHOLE ARMY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DETERMINED TO PUSH BACK ON ALL THE HORROR AND INJUSTICE. THE FACE OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT HAS CHANGED. YOUNG PEOPLE, BY THE THOUSANDS ARE BECOMING WARRIORS FOR LIFE

EVERY YEAR, WITHIN THE WEEK OF THE JANUARY 22,  MARCH FOR LIFE IN WASHINGTON D.C. STUDENTS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA HOLD A CONVENTION FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS. ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION LAST YEAR WAS ATTENDED BY 1,150 PRO-LIFE STUDENTS FROM 150 UNIVERSITIES. IT WAS CALLED THE LARGEST PRO-LIFE YOUTH CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP TO THE FACT THAT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR WORLD TODAY WILL AFFECT THEIR FUTURE. THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING KILLED OFF IN THE WOMB MAY BE THE PEOPLE WITH GIFTS FOR HUMANITY—GIFTS THAT COULD IMPROVE OUR LIVES IN THE FIELDS OF ART, MUSIC, SPORTS, SCIENCE, BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE, POLITICS, EDUCATION, RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY.

THEY ARE HORRIFIED TO THINK THAT ABORTION MAY BE KILLING THE SCIENTIST WHO HAS THE CURE FOR CANCER OR AIDS OR DIABETES. THEY ARE WONDERING WHETHER WE KILLING OFF THE PERSON WHO HAS THE SOLUTION FOR WORLD HUNGER; OR THE STATESMAN WHO HAS THE FORMULA TO BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD.

THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE A MESSAGE FOR ALL ABORTED BABIES: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU; WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOTHERS. WE WILL SPEAK FOR YOU; WE WILL BE YOUR VOICE. WE WILL MARCH IN YOUR HONOR;  WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO CLOSE THE DEATH CLINICS WHERE YOU WERE KILLED; WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO CHANGE THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO KILLED YOU; WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO RESTORE THE PROTECTION OF LAW TO YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE STILL ALIVE IN THE WOMB.

WE ARE THE PRO-LIFE GENERATION. WE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN.