Children: ‘the greatest blessing’
Children are never a “mistake” and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said.
During his weekly general audience recently in St. Peter’s Square, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as “a Passion.”
Children are the greatest blessing God has bestowed upon men and women, he said. Yet, many children are “rejected, abandoned, robbed of their childhood and of their future,” the pope noted, adding that it is “shameful” when people say it is “a mistake” to bring a child into the world.
“Please, let’s not unload our faults on children,” he said. “children are never ‘a mistake.’” The hunger, poverty, fragility and ignorance of some children “are not mistakes” but “only reasons for us to love them even more with more generosity,” he said.
Pope Francis wondered aloud about the value of international declarations of human and children’s rights if children are then punished for the mistakes of adults.
Glimmers of hope in state legislation opposing abortion:
“The place you change America isn’t in Washington. It’s in the states … That’s how we’ll change the life debate. It will be at the state level. Different states doing this, making very positive key changes until it can migrate to the federal level. And a court case can get up to the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade be overturned. Which will ultimately happen. We have to keep pushing at these state levels.”
— Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback -NRTL Conv.2012)
Check out some of these state legislative actions (National Right to Life.com).
- Protecting Pain-capable unborn children.
- Parental involvement laws.
- A woman’s right to know: Ultrasound laws.
- Web-cam abortion bans.
- Prohibiting tax-funded abortion
- Unborn victims of violence.
Pray for the unborn and for respect for life from birth to natural death!