This Monday as a nation we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the many quotes he is noted for is: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” In honoring his legacy, we recognize his great efforts in shedding light on the need to respect the fundamental dignity of the human person. We honor his important work in addressing and overcoming many of the racial injustices of the past in our country. We also acknowledge that much still needs to be done to heal wounds and divisions that continue to exist in our nation.
This support for the fundamental dignity of the human person will also be emphasized on this coming Friday, as Archbishop Hartmayer will celebrate a special Mass for the Unborn at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. The Mass will bring attention to the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court which effectively legalized abortion in this country and which is clearly contrary to Catholic teaching concerning the sanctity of life.
(This virtual Mass may be viewed online at livestream.com/archatl.)
“A Prayer for the Unborn” provided by “Catholic Online” reflects our concern for unborn human life. As we reflect on this prayer, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has challenged us to bear witness not only to the value and sacredness of the unborn, but also to the elderly, and the physically and mentally ill. He also asked us to be compassionate toward those suffering from the painful trauma of abortion and to pray for their healing.
in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given life.
Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image, as well as theirs, made for eternal life.
Dispel their fear of selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother can give.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
Our Church teaches that all life is precious and worthy of protection. Therefore, we are invited to take to heart the examples of Dr. King and Pope Francis and do our part in promoting the dignity of the human person as we continue on our journey of faith.