The Grace of Conversion

Let's face it. Disrespect for human life is rampant in Canadian society.

Abortion is widespread. Euthanasia is well accepted in theory even if not yet in practice. Our media are filled with reports and even glamorizations of violence. Such violence, furthermore, is undoubtedly symbolic of a profound moral and spiritual disorder within our culture.

In these times when so much evil is being done it is easy to lose heart. But we must not. Christians are called to hope, to work for change. We know the way things can be: a society which respects all human life from conception until natural death, freed from discrimination based on mental or physical condition.

This hope is centered in part around our vision of the human person as someone able to know right from wrong and to choose good over evil. “Before a man are life and death, whichever he chooses will be given him” (Sir. 15:17). But above all it emanates from confidence in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior who gives us the Holy Spirit-a Spirit of freedom (Rm. 8:2)-through whom we can have victory over the three sources of evil-the world, the flesh and the evil one. “Whoever is begotten of God has overcome the world”(1 Jn. 5:4; also Jn. 12:31, Gal. 5:1, 17).

Because real conversation is possible, Christians have a happy task: to proclaim the Good News about how the spiral of contemporary violence can be broken, about how the human heart can be healed and made a source of life and love.

The need for conversion is great. Abortion statistics are staggering. Sadly, sociological data also indicates that when it comes to the taking of unborn life, Catholic attitudes and practices often are little different from others.

Too often we hear of abortion even among church-going people. And how many of us fail to do our part to save babies and mothers from the path of death?

The Church must get its own house in order. Conversion starts at home. It does not end there, but it begins there. As Pope John Paul II has suggested, it begins with a decision facing each one of us.

Before a man are life and death” (Sir. 15:17). “We need only look around us at a world like ours, marked by evil, to shudder at the terrible conflict between life and death. However, does not each of us also feel it, perhaps, when we truly look into our own heart? We must therefore choose.” (L'Osservatore Romano, Feb. 24/93).

Happily, we are not alone when we make this choice. “I am with you always” (Mt. 28:20). The Lord is “our help and our shield” who delivers us from death (Pr. 33:19-20).   “Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help” (Hb. 4:16).

Archdiocesan Pro-Life Strategy
1. Introduction: Some Shaping Principles 
  1.1 The Grace of Conversion 
  1.2 Impetus for a New Pro-Life Strategy 
  1.3 Primary Emphasis of Strategy: Prayer 
  1.4 The Strategy: More Than Prayer 
  1.5 Long-Range View 
  1.6 “Toward a Culture of Life
2. Elements of Strategy 
  2.1 Prayer 
  2.2 Crisis Response 
  2.3 Education 
  2.4 Civic Action 
  2.5 Ecumenical Relations 
  2.6 Liaison with Pro-Life Groups 

The Pro-Life Strategy was developed in 1993
Revised: May 1995, November 1995, February 2000

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