Apr 25, 2014
Blessed John Paul II, a beloved pope and inspirational religious leader who was a pro-life hero, will be canonized a saint on Sunday, April 27th. We pause to reflect on the pro-life messages of this soon-to-be saint who as pope spoke with steadfast faith and inextinguishable commitment to human dignity for all. A pope who acted with peerless courage and conviction in the face of extreme animosity and danger to help bring freedom and democracy to his Polish homeland and eventually all of Eastern and Central Europe, bringing about the demise of the Soviet Union. His travels to over 129 countries earned him the title of "The Pilgrim Pope" and won the hearts of billions as he called upon the faithful to advance a culture of life.
For pro-life lawmakers- and for all those working to protect unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion- Blessed John Paul II's defining of this global struggle as the "culture of life" vs. the "culture of death" epitomized the battle clearly and succinctly, renewed the pro-life movement with a clear vision of what it was working for and not just against, and motivated a new generation to stand up for the most vulnerable. Blessed John Paul II's courage, charisma and unwavering convictions were-and are-the stuff that makes heroes. He was, and remains, a pro-life hero who soon will be canonized a saint.
Blessed John Paul II innately understood the darkness of the struggle for the right to life for children in the womb. After all, he had endured years in the midst of the evil and darkness that had enveloped his beloved Poland, never giving-in or giving-up, resisting as he could until the day freedom was won. We need to do the same in the pro-life movement.
When he addressed World Youth Day in Colorado Pope John Paul II exhorted the youth on the dangers of the "culture of death" which struggles against life: