Normally, we celebrate the death of a saint rather than their birth. There is a reason for this: we view the day of their death as their true birthday, their entrance into truth life. We may mourn for ourselves because we will miss them, but we are celebrating because they get to go before us into Eternal Glory.
We celebrate St John the Baptist's feast day during the Fortnight for Freedom, a time of penance, prayer, fasting and being Catholic Out Loud. This period of time has been designated by our Bishops as a way to prove to the world that we will not go quietly into that good night. We are here, we are counter-cultural and we will not be made to do that which we find abhorrent.
There is this woman I know (who claims to be Catholic) who stated that the HSS Mandate is not really a problem because of a statistic which states 97% of Catholic women had used birth control at some point in their lives. For this reason, she stated, The Church should be ok with providing a product to its employees that flies in the face of Her Teachings.
The reason this argument is silly can be easily demonstrated by applying it to other Church Teachings. Holy Mother Church states that it is instrinsinctly evil to murder an innocent person or to beat a spouse or have sex with a child. The fact that many, many Catholics have murdered innocent people, beat their spouse or sexually molested a child does not change the evil involved in the acts themselves. Sin is not determined by a popular vote. Nor is it determined by the who commits it or how much it is committed. A sin is a sin. Evil is evil. Truth is Truth.
Anyway, today Pastor Walter Hoye from Oakland spoke to us after each Mass. He thanked us. This beautifully articulate proud African American Baptist Pastor thanked the Catholic Church. You know why? Because we are the only ones who have stood firm against the evil that is abortion.
He shared some statistics with us. 30 percent of the abortions in this country are performed on African American children.
Now think about this....really think about this....the African American Community makes up about 12 percent of our population in this country.
But only half of them are women....so that means this statistic applies to 6 percent....right? Wait...
How many of them are of childbearing age?
So think it through - thirty percent of the abortions in this nation are performed on about 3 to 4 percent of the population.
The founder of Planned Parenthood did not want Blacks, Catholics, Jews or 'Mud People' to breed. She believed in Eugenics. She felt that our problems in this world are a direct result of the wrong types of people being born into it and she made it her life's mission to reduce those numbers. As of now, one might argue that her mission to eradicate African Americans is working.
The latest attack is against females - selective abortions. People don't want girl babies, or (at least) too many girl babies. The idea that one can wait until their baby is old enough to determine its sex, and then kill it if it is the wrong sex, seems horrible but it is already happening in the country.
So today, on the Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist, let's try and remember that nothing is impossible with God. Let's also remember that there is a War on Women being waged in this world but it is not exclusive to a political party; rather it is being waged against us by Evil. Evil, disguised as freedom of choice or necessary health care, is marking people like me for death. Don't pretend it is not happening - stand up. Shout it from the rooftops and have the courage to say you think it is wrong.
You won't make a lot of friends but you will be doing what is right and just.