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Pro-Life Homily – Fr. Geoff Kerslake 
Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 18, 2014

Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Do we really believe Jesus when he says this?

Contemporary society doesn’t believe Jesus. It thinks he was just a good man – someone with a strong social justice message who suffered fatal consequences for rocking the boat.

But if we take Jesus’ own words seriously – and isn’t that what Christians are supposed to do? – then, we know differently.

Jesus is THE way, THE Truth and THE Life – not a way, or one way among many other options.

The recent messages of the Holy Father Pope Francis emphasize this message – we are called to share with the world that Jesus is the way, truth and life. He suffered and died for my sins, your sins, all of our sins, so that we might be forgiven and reconciled with God. And Jesus wants to walk with us in the course of our daily life, accompanying us in our joys and sorrows.

Society tries to tell us that Christianity is just one value system among many others – that there is a competitive market for religious believers and Catholicism is merely one product sharing shelf space with many others. That’s not the Gospel Message and that’s not the message of the Church that must remain faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We heard at the Second Vatican Council that other religions have some elements of the truth within them – the Council spoke of ‘rays of the truth’ – but only the Catholic Church has the fullness of revelation, the whole truth. We don’t look down on other faiths, but we recognize that we have all that God wants us to know, not just some pieces or aspects.

Because we have the fullness of truth, we must share it with others. When you know what will make others ultimately happy, what gives meaning to this life, and the hope of eternal life to come, why wouldn’t we share it?

When something wonderful happens, like a promotion in our job or a good grade at school, or the joy of announcing a pregnancy, we are eager to share that good news. Why would we keep the Good News of Jesus Christ to ourselves? Don’t we want our friends to be happy? Don’t we want our friends to get to heaven? Indeed, don’t we want everyone to have the chance at happiness and heaven?

Because we love the Lord and we want our neighbour to be happy, we must share the Gospel in its fullness: that’s what being a disciple of Jesus Christ means.

When someone wonders what God looks like or how He behaves, we know we have only to look to Christ: “whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” What is God like? Look at Christ because he is the fullest expression of the Father’s love. How do we become more like God? Become more like Christ, which we can do with the help of God’s grace and our cooperation as we try and live the fullness of the Gospel.

But the Gospel has a moral dimension as well as a spiritual one to it. As Christians, we must proclaim the Gospel and live by its values, calling our brothers and sisters to share in the truth, beauty and goodness of Christ and his message. How we do that is important too. Pope Francis in his encyclical wrote: “rather than experts in dire predictions, dour judges bent on rooting out every threat and deviation, we should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel” (n. 168).

Recently Justin Trudeau, a prominent Catholic politician and role model for youth, pronounced that you had to be pro-choice to run as a member of the Liberal Party. Doing so, he undermined the principles of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. In fact, he attacked democracy itself by not allowing Members of Parliament to represent the views of their constituents.

As a Catholic Christian, he made an erroneous statement that, in fraternal charity and fidelity to the Gospel message, must be addressed. He appears to believe that someone could be a devout Catholic Christian and be pro-choice, disregarding the value of the human life developing within the womb. Like other politicians he seems to think that being pro-choice is about respecting people’s rights – but the essential, foundational right, that is the right to life, is being denied to the most defenceless and vulnerable members of our society – children in the womb.

Our archbishop responded to this grave situation in a statement issued to parishes and other Catholic agencies. He wrote in part: “the position of the Catholic Church in favour of life at all stages is clear and unchanging. A person who takes a position in contradiction to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the value and dignity of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of a natural death, and persists in this belief, is not in communion with the Church’s values and teaching, which we believe faithfully transmit for today the teachings of Christ.”

The archbishop went on to quote Pope Francis’ recent remarks in his encyclical: the “defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be.”

Being pro-life is not only something only for Catholics, it is a rational and logical position for everyone. Once we decide as a society that some human lives are not sacred, are not valuable or worthwhile, not worth protection, we have undermined the value and sanctity of all human life: human life becomes another, just another, commodity whose worth depends on someone else’s evaluation of its utility, convenience or worth. The horrors of the 20th century – the Holocaust, the purges of the Khmer Rouge, Stalin’s pogroms, the genocides in Rwanda and elsewhere – fundamentally were all a result of regimes denying the right to life to those they considered ‘not worthy’ of life or ‘not human.’

Today, in Canada, there is no legal restriction on abortions. There is no law – you can have an abortion at any time in the pregnancy right up to the moment of birth: we have no law in Canada at all, no restrictions at all despite the fact that a majority of Canadians agree that we should have at least some restrictions, as do most other countries. Many people don’t know this – they assume there must be some restriction, but there aren’t any restrictions. And now, it is even harder just to talk about this terrifying disregard of the worth of human life.

How can we have a just society if we cannot even discuss difficult questions? If we cannot have our views represented by our elected representatives?

No politician, regardless of the fervor of his or her personal faith, has the power, the authority or the right to tell Catholics they can be pro-abortion and be considered ‘in good standing’ with the Church. Like the Holy Father, I am not judging anyone’s personal relationship with the Lord, or presuming to judge his or her conscience. I am merely pointing out the obvious – no political leader can tell us that we can put aside the teachings of our faith and consider ourselves ‘in good standing’ with the Church’s fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

To be Catholic is to be someone who knows Christ and who follows him, regardless of popular opinion or expediency, because Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” who shows us in his person and teaching the Father and his love for all of humanity, and indeed all of God’s creation.

And let us take comfort in Jesus’ words to his disciples, words that he speaks to us today as well: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” because Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Let us pray for our politicians and all who lead us so that we may all enjoy the right to freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and especially the most foundational right, the right to life.

May God bless you.

Father Geoff Kerslake

A homily delivered at the 7:30 pm mass at the Cathedral, Notre Dame Basilica, in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

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Good thing coming down the pipes here in Ottawa. Let’s hope that the bishops after him are cut of the same cloth.

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For the last few years, a very small group of pro-choice activists has showed up at the March for Life, in front of the Bell Building on Elgin Street. This year, their numbers were down considerably from last year.

The picture below captures the entire group from behind. It’s a high-def photo, click to enlarge. You can literally count the people. I counted 43, but there may be a few hidden behind others. So we’re looking at 60 people tops.

I guess that when you abort your offspring, your numbers don’t grow as much as those who are open to life.

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Sun News Network’s Faith Goldy confronts ‘pro-choice’ counter-protesters at the National March for Life.

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Novena to St. Michael, the Archangel

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Discussion on Trudeau’s Views (CTV)

LifeSite Journalist Interviews Femen Activist (LifeSite)

VIDEO: Ottawa March for Life Re-Cap (Big Blue Wave)

Cardinal Lacroix’s Awesome Comeback to Journalist Who Asked Him About the Femen Incident  (Big Blue Wave)

You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (Video)

The Truth about Abortion – VIDEO (SunNews) —- MUST SEE —- LILLY INTERVIEW WITH FORMER ABORTIONIST

March for life - VIDEO - FULL VIDEO OF BOOBS FOR CHOICE OUTBURST  (Sun News) – Police expect Pro-Life Organizers to police their own events…which begs the question why we need them at all?

Trudeau’s Moral Exhibitionism (National Post)

Topless protesters attempt to disrupt pro-life rally, cry ‘f— your morals’ (SunNews)

Archbishop says Trudeau’s Decree is a slap in the face (Socon or Bust)

Tears and Breasts at the March for Life 2014 (Socon or Bust – Feature Story)

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The March for Life this  year was another resounding success with approximately 23,000 people who showed up from all parts of Ontario to witness to the dignity of unborn life.  It was a wonderful event with some new highlights for yours truly including getting to attend my first March for Life Mass because my family did not have to host out-of-town friends this year. It also meant we were on the Hill early, and I got to roam around a bit and say hello to some people including Suzanne of Big Blue Wave and pro-life hero Fr. Tony Van Hee who’s been on the Hill everyday since time began protesting abortion and contraception. Read the rest of this entry »

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Following similar messages which he sent earlier this year to the Marches for Life in Washington and Rome, Pope Francis sent the message below to today’s National March for Life in Ottawa. It was read before the crowd by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec City:

His Holiness Pope Francis is pleased to greet everyone taking part in the seventeenth National March for Life in Ottawa, and he assures them of his spiritual closeness as they give witness to the God-given dignity, beauty and value of human life. He prays that this event foster greater respect for the inviolable right to life of each person from conception to natural death and support the efforts of all who labour to ensure that this fundamental human right receives adequate legal protection. To the organizers and participants, and in particular to those who aid women in crisis pregnancies and their children, the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joy and peace in the risen Lord.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
(Source)

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Painted the town red, by the looks of the traffic diagram.

The March for Life drew another massive crowd today, with traffic backed up severely in virtually all directions throughout the downtown core. :)

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Full coverage of the March tonight.

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I went to the Candlelight Vigil tonight with my daughter in honour of the 100,000+ unborn children who are mercilessly slaughtered in Canada every year.  Mostly, the event is attended by the high school kids who come to the March every year (not from Ottawa, of course. The OSCB is too busy plugging Wee day or something).  It was a very inspiring and uplifting event.  I heard a couple of interesting things while I was there…..

1)  Apparently there’s gonna be a pro-abort March too, tomorrow. Starts at 1PM at Sparks and Elgin.  Not sure where the pro-aborts are going to march precisely since uh…Elgin Street is along our route.  The Pro-Life March begins at Parliament Hill and then takes Elgin Street which will pass Sparks Street.  Not sure if their march has been approved, but one would kind of hope that the angry and bare-breasted bimbos aren’t too drunk this year to figure out that their march had better be going in the opposite direction from ours. But we shall see.   We live in interesting times.  No doubt the media will be all over it.  I can see the headline now, “Protestors on both sides of the abortion debate blah, blah, blah, blah, blah….”  Equal coverage when we have 200 times their numbers. You watch. That’s the angle the pro-abort media is going to take because corruption is what corruption does.

2) Heard a very inspiring story of an English man who was visiting Ottawa a few years back and came out to a 40 Days for Life vigil.  Turns out he was so inspired by it, he launched it in Great Britain and then throughout Europe and other parts of the world.  Now, doesn’t that make us Ottawa pro-lifers exceedingly proud to be part of that in a small way?  Sometimes you just don’t know the effect you can have. Even if you can’t see it in your part of the world, a small silent witness can start a revolution across the ocean in lands far, far away.  I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

3) Going to my first Mass during the March for Life.  Never had a chance to go to one in the past because we typically hosted out-of-town friends.  This year, it will be my first one….even though I go to it with a stone in my shoe…considering that our Catholic episcopal leadership on life issues is abysmally below grade. Vowed and stammered never to go to one, but in the end, for good or ill, the bishops are what they are and God has placed them there, so Socon or Bust ties the rope around his waste and skedaddles the mule.

Coverage of past March for Life Events:

2013

Parliament ‘Hill Cam’ does not lie, reveals larger numbers at 2013 March for Life

National March for Life 2013 – Highlights

25,000 Cram Parliament Hill For 16th Annual March for Life – Largest Ever

Annual March for Life Media Blackout in BC, too

Pope surprises, delights 40,000 Italian pro-lifers, joins March for Life

Liberal Media Terrified of Pro Life Momentum, Refuses to Cover March for Life

Will they show up at the March for Life?

March for Life 2013 – It’s All About Growing the Momentum

Socon or Bust Pics from the March for Life

Pro-Aborts Boo “O Canada” During March for Life

March for Life Vigil

MP tells Commons: March for Life 2013 will be an ‘amazing event’

Ottawa Jim Watson Endorses March for Life Again This Year

EWTN to provide its first ever live coverage of 2013 Canadian March for Life

 

2012

19,500 Turn Out At March for Life

Pro-Abort Class, Breasts & All

March for Life  Doubled In Size from Last Year –  Police

March for Life “Massive”

Abortion Poll – Get On It Busters!

March for Life Media Roundup

In-depth report on the Canadian March for Life

2011

Over 15,000 Emboldened Pro-Lifers Declare at the March for Life: “The Debate Is On”

Petition to the CBC to Report the Truth – Index Page

The numbers game: How many really attended the 2011 Canadian March for Life?

March for Life Media Roundup

March for Life 2011 Youth Video Contest Winner

2010

The rise of a new hope

March For Life, 2010: The Year Abortion Politics Shifted in Canada

The End of the World is Near…

March for Life 2010 Official Footage

Mainstream Media Coverage of The March for Life…Getting Better

12,500 Gather on Parliament Hill for Canadian March for Life

March for Life 2010 Video

2009

10,000-12,000 brave the rain and the wind at the March for Life

National March for Life: Exodus 2009 – A Future Without Abortion

March for Life: Exodus 2009

March for Life 2009 Videos

2008

March for Life 2008 – 8,000 Attend

March for Life 2008 Video

2007

Press keeps March for Life going and going

Marching at the March for Life

March for Life Music Videos

Silent No More Speeches

Media Drops the Ball Again on the March For Life

March for Life – Huge Success, Media Largely Absent

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Socon or Bust will be there with bells on. Full report by late evening tomorrow.

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VATICAN CITY, May 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the first annual Rome Life Forum in Vatican City today, fifty-two pro-life leaders from sixteen nations called on the bishops of the Catholic Church to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians in a spirit of love and mercy. (Source)

We, Pro-Life Leaders, Call on the Bishops of the World to Extend Mercy to the Church’s Pro-Abortion Politicians

WHEREAS Saint Paul wrote in the eleventh chapter of First Corinthians: “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:29); WHEREAS Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law states that those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion”; WHEREAS Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote in a 2004 letter to the US bishops, called “Worthiness to receive Holy Communion”, that a Catholic politician who votes for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws “must” be denied Communion after being duly instructed and warned; WHEREAS Catholic politicians who support abortion are already in grave sin, and in receiving Holy Communion their sin is compounded by sacrilege; WHEREAS by being given Holy Communion such Catholic politicians may well believe that they are spiritually healthy and thus not in need of any remedy; WHEREAS distributing Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians causes scandal to the rest of the faithful in that they come to believe that support for abortion is not too serious a sin, and thus undermines pro-life work; WHEREAS being refused Holy Communion is an effective wake-up call to return to an authentic life of faith; WHEREAS it is unmerciful to allow our brothers living in obstinate public sin to languish there without warning; We the undersigned ask the Bishops of the Catholic Church to withhold Holy Communion from pro-abortion politicians as an act of love and mercy towards those same politicians.

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OUR LEADERS IN AN ONLINE PETITION TO CALL FOR THE DENIAL OF COMMUNION TO OBSTINATE PRO-ABORTION POLITICIANS.

UPDATE:  Our Petition has been closed.  LifeSite News will be launching the official petition shortly. Stay tuned.

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by Catholic Church-goer.

Mustn’t upset the congregation with the truth.

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Beautiful story of the Black Madonna visiting Mary Wagner, a pro-life heroine and political prisoner in Canada.

Funny, but last time I checked I didn’t see Amnesty International too concerned about Mary’s fate. They’re too busy actually trying to promote abortion.

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Whatever the political calculations were in this move, it doesn’t matter.

I think Ontario just got a huge boost in the fight against the Culture of Death.  JPII, pray for us.

Check.

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Our Lady of Częstochowa Icon in Ottawa March 18-19th 2014

Yours truly (in black) to the immediate left of the Icon, outside of Ground Zero on Abortion Street (65 Bank Street, Ottawa)

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Check out the beautiful story below. God bless these people. They’ve devised an alternative to abortion for many women, thus giving babies a chance at life. Do we have enough parents on waiting lists for adoption to make such an operation work? Is there a church or residence that would host this?

Lee Jong-rak [a pastor in South Korea] is the creator of the Baby Box. His Baby Box is the first and only box in Korea that is for collecting abandoned babies who are physically or mentally handicapped or are just unwanted by their mothers.

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the side of the street in South Korea every year. Jong-rak knew he needed to set up a way to save the lives of these precious babies.  He built a drop box on the side of his home with a humble sign reading, “Place to leave babies.”

The inside of the box contains a thick towel covering the bottom, and lights and heating to keep the baby comfortable.  A bell rings when someone puts a baby in the box, then Jong-rak, his wife, or staff associates come to immediately move the baby inside. His aim was to provide a life-giving alternative for desperate mothers in his city of Seoul. He even admits that he didn’t really expect that babies would come in– He was mistaken. The babies came. In the middle of the night, in the middle of the day, some with notes, some without a word, and only a very few mothers actually spoke to him face-to-face. (Source)

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