Translated, this means that we are committed to never ever putting ourselves in any position to kill one other sacred human life, whether through abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, severe economic exploitation of the world's poorest and war.
Dorothy Day put it most eloquently when she simply stated: "No one has the right to choose the life or death for another person." It also follows from the Old Testament reiteration that God alone is the sole author of life and death, not us. We usurp His supreme role and take matters into our own hands in any of these situations, deciding the very life or death of another person.
It is a concept "so old it is new," going back to the first 300 years of the Catholic Church, particularly on not killing sacred human life in the Early Church's staunch stance on pacifism. Peter Maurin wanted to originally call the Catholic Worker the Catholic Radical, because "radical" means going back to one's roots. Dorothy wanted to name it after St. Joseph the Worker, and so it was. Pope Francis has also repeatedly spurred all Christ followers in the world to become radical, to stir things up as Christ did, where there is complacency, where there is suffering and darkness, especially at the hands of others. His words on peace, on the preferential option for the poor, on the forgotten, and on being a great light to the world remind of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. Thank you, Pope Francis!
|Monica and sisters: Lisa Evans + Maria Horn|
|Monica with son Josh|
|Monica's nieces and nephews: Joseph Horn, Maria Evans, Jotham Allwein, Josh|
|Monica's Nieces Maria Evans and Dorothy Allwein|
|Monica's nephews Jotham Allwein and Tom Horn (with Josh)|
Most moving were the brave, teary-eyed groups with signs that said, "I regret my abortion," and "I am an abortion survivor."
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of the Americas and of the Unborn, please, please intercede for us! Here are the walls of the side chapel at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. where Dorothy Day poured her heart out to our Blessed Mother to help her know the way God had in mind for direct service to the poor and marginalized. Peter Maurin was on her doorstep on returning to New York. Intercede for us, please, Our Dear Mother!