Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Positive Attitude - An Attitude Towards Life

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that between 2002 and 2008, Planned Parenthood spent $657.1 million from government grants and programs. Planned Parenthood's own books during that same period show that it took in $2.02 billion (that's right: billion with an "b"). They now have a surplus of $1.3 billion. All this money is used to promote contraception and abortion. These are fundamentally anti-life programs.

How good it is to have an attitude that is for life. God is for life. He creates. It is sin that brought death into the world after that original sin of our first parents. A pro-life attitude not only respects human life but also cherishes it. It is a selfless demeanor which seeks the good of others even if it means personal sacrifice. We have an experience of this through our donations for
the needy. Even though we are not directly involved, some of our taxes goes to programs that help the poor with food, shelter and medicine. We are in the right direction here, a direction that ultimately comes from God. He is the God of life, not of death and darkness.

A lack of concern for others betrays self-centeredness. We can become very much occupied with getting more and more of what we want and of protecting what we have. As long as someone else does not get in the way, we are fine. We become tested once we realize that we will have to
make personal sacrifices, especially if these sacrifices will be on-going.

A contraceptive disposition is not a positive one. Intrinsically, it is against the conception of life. Human sexual intimacy becomes a matter of mutual self satisfaction. Dignity is lost. In his encyclical on human life, Pope Paul VI wrote:
Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.... Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection. (Humanae Vitae, 1968, 17)
In the 1960's, promoters of artificial birth control said that its use would make abortion unnecessary. Forty years later the number of abortions keep on increasing alarmingly. Marriage is in peril. Sexual license and immorality continue to be on the rise.

Staggering amounts of money are given to Planned Parenthood. Billions are spent for contraceptives and abortions. Would it not be better if our resources were used to promote decency and good moral living? It would be a happier world if more and more people respected themselves, their own bodies and others. It would be a place where we would see the love of God more often.

Father Stanley