Was that this Sunday?

Was that this Sunday?

Yesterday was, of course, Sanctity of Life Sunday in US Catholic churches. Did you know it? A reader suggests that I ask, akin to last week’s liturgical music question, if your priest mentioned sanctity of life, abortion, the Roe v. Wade anniversary or anything of the sort in his homily.

At my parish, my pastor didn’t specifically talk about it in his excellent homily (anytime a priest is quoting G.K. Chesterton in his homily, you know it’s going to be good), but at the end of Mass he spent a few minutes talking about it, then introduced a parishioner who works at a crisis pregnancy center to say a few words. The center is one several affiliated centers throughout Massachusetts, called A Woman’s Concern, that helps pregnant women. They have an annual fundraiser that starts this weekend every year. They hand out baby bottles, we fill them with our spare change, and then return them in six weeks. They raised more than $100,000 last year. Anyway, this woman spoke about abortion and its devastation, and about how they provide alternatives: counseling and prenatal care—including ultrasounds—for women thinking about abortion, parent classes for men and women who are “high-risk”, and post-abortion Bible studies.

So what did you hear in your homily on Sunday?

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