Love makes us ‘agents of conversion,’ Cardinal Dolan preaches at pro-life vigil
January 22, 2016
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York preached at the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the eve of the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
Cardinal Dolan recalled the love with which parishioners at one of his parishes received a newborn child who was placed by a frightened mother in the parish manger scene.
We are summoned to be such agents of conversion. Yes, we do it by reasoned and compelling argument; sure, we do it by advocacy; you bet, we do it in law and political action; don’t forget, so obvious tonight, we do it by prayers and fasting . . . but we most successfully accomplish this conversion from the culture of death to the culture of life, from the “throw away culture” to the culture of tenderness and mercy, by imitating those priests and people of Holy Child Jesus Parish in New York City, by acknowledging that José, that abandoned newborn baby José, was nowhere more at home than in the empty manger of their parish nativity scene, because he, too, is a child of God.
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