St. Joseph is pro-life!-A A +A
Questions that Matter
Friday, March 22, 2013
IN a dream, the elderly Joseph was told to look for a maiden named Mary and he was to be the spouse of this maiden who will be bearing the “Savior of the world.”
At first, Joseph resisted but the famous dream occurred and Joseph concurred. Thus, the history of salvation came into its perfection.
Should Joseph have opted to save his integrity and dignity by marrying a maiden who is already on her way, then the whole salvation history could have been altered. However, since he accepted the challenge and in his heart, St. Joseph was really pro-life and was afraid to have Mary subject to abortion. Because of the pro-life stand of St. Joseph, today, we enjoy the perfection and the completion of the salvation history of mankind.
What could St. Joseph do should he live today and should the story of nativity happen today? Will Christ be born? Will Mary accept the mystery of “virgin-birth”? Could many of the holy men do away with their vows of celibacy and chastity by going into the use of contraceptives? These are some silly questions that could be asked in relation to the nativity story and contraceptives.
The Local Church is now facing a great challenge as it is being ridiculed for the stand against the proponents of the controversial Responsible Parenthood Law (Reproductive Health Law). The Church has been in the forefront in defending life against all forms of laws that threaten human life. The Diocese of Bacolod initiated its position against those who have either proposed or voted for the passage of the anti-life legislation. From the conception until the birth of the Law last December 2012, the Diocese has stood firm on its position. The Bishop of Bacolod not only declared an all out war but a battle against it. Other Bishops followed the stand of Bishop Navarra on the protection of human life.
The proponents stood their ground till the day the Bill was transformed into a law. Today, they are asking which is better, the death of the child or of the mothers. They claim that because of the absence of a law on responsible parenthood, many lives have been claimed, both of the mother and the child. The Law will protect and give right to the mother to decide whether to continue with the pregnancy or terminate it at an early stage. I agree that this is not explicitly stated in the law but a non-lawyer could tell that abortion is kept somewhere within the law.
Now that the law is already in effect, one can no longer attack it for it might be construed as insurrection or rebellion against a law of the land. The proponents are now very silent and do not talk about the RH law anymore. They are silent but they give individual interviews that destroy the credibility of the people of God. It seems that they are fighting the battle with a strategy of destruction of the credibility of those who are against their pet law—the RH Law.
Their strategy is a bit successful. They let the clergy and church members fight one another while they watch from afar. Look at today, they have used many people to divide the Church. Yes, they will be successful for a time but the truth will always prevail and no untruth shall destroy the gates and the walls of the Church. Throughout history, clergy and bishops even Popes were persecuted by the State and the state employed its own people to further their useless and corrupt policies. However, no matter how they persecute the Church, it still is the Church. Church leaders are ready for this. They are and have learned a lot from history. In the end, the truth shall prevail.
So, the Team Patay and proponents of the RH Law will go down in history as a shameless batch of politicians who adhered to the principle of DEATH. These people should be prayed for and guided that they shall always adhere to life, like St. Joseph.
Congratulations to the UNO-R PR Interns for AY 2012-2013(2nd semester): Daisy May Nonato; Frances “Dora” Balboa; Chona Malinog and Jonah Jones “Suzette” Donoso. They will be graduating this March 23.
St. Joseph, St. Ezekiel Moreno, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Pedro Calungsod, Blessed John Paul II and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.