As the year comes to a close, we all see the signs of activity and celebration around “the holidays.”
Yet with all the busyness, two words still say a lot: “Merry Christmas.”
They are good words to remember; because Christmas reminds us why you and I fight to protect the unborn.
We remember that the Creator of the Universe would condescend not only to become a helpless infant, but before that, to become an embryo, a fetus, a child, tiny yet growing in his mother’s womb for nine months.
We remember that Mary was a young woman of humble origin; who had reason to fear what God asked of her; who would have rumors and questions to face throughout her life . . .
And yet Mary embraced life! And what a Life!
How can this not fill us with awe, to behold God’s love for us, and the infinite value of every human life?
How sad that there are those who think so little of the gift of life. How much more urgent is our task of defending life — and, God willing, perhaps see hearts of stone soften again.
Just as the One whose birth we celebrate did not come to be served but to serve, I am grateful for people like you who — with no thought of personal gain — give so much of your time, energy and prayers to defend the defenseless.
And seeing the enormous progress we have made this year, I know that what we are doing is right and necessary; and however short or long our wait, like Mary — and all who waited so long for the Lord’s coming, God will bring our faith and perseverance to fruition.
And so in thanks, and full of hope, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.