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Message from the Rector

The Weekend of January 24, 2021

 

January 24, 2021

 

 

Dear People of God,

 

Father Robert McLaughlin was an outstanding priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago. His last three assignments included rector at Niles College Seminary of Loyola University, pastor at Holy Name Cathedral and Mary Seat of Wisdom in Park Ridge. Fr. Bob was loved by people of all ages. He truly lived each day for God by faithfully serving the People of God. His dedication, humor, deep faith and joy were evident to all.

 

Fr. Bob was a marvelous writer. He wrote a weekly column in his parish bulletin on many different topics. He was always seeking to connect the mystery of God with our lives by living out our baptismal promises. I found an article written by Fr. Bob, dated August 24, 2002, in the Mary Seat of Wisdom Sunday Bulletin. His reflection was current in 2002 and even more relevant today.

 

This past Friday, January 22, marked the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. All life is sacred and a gift from God. May we pray for an end to abortion.

 

I now share with you his thoughts. By the way, Fr. Bob McLaughlin died 16 years ago today, January 24. I lost a great friend! God Bless you eternally, Fr. Bob.

 

The newspaper this morning had a very sad story about a teenage couple who killed their 25-day-old baby. A number of years ago, there was story on the news about a New Jersey couple who were charged with child abuse for allegedly trying to trade their 14-month-old son for a three-year-old sports car. According to the dealer, the couple approached him about trading their baby for a black and silver Corvette. The dealer, who contacted the police and played along with the request, said of the parents: “They had the keys and the papers for the car and we were putting the license plates on. They left their baby in the showroom on the floor.”

A director of a shelter for run-away and “throw-away” youth, reflecting on the incident, said, “We’ve moved into the era of disposable relationships – if it doesn’t work, if it’s not perfect, I want something else.”

 

Relationships – indeed human lives – are cheap. More Americans are killed by handguns on the streets of the United States in two years than were killed in the ten years of the American involvement in Viet Nam. Over one hundred thousand lives were lost in Desert Storm, but we celebrate because relatively few of them were Americans. A million and a half abortions are performed every year in the United States and are justified under the “right of privacy.”

 

Time and time again during his life, Cardinal Bernardin reminded us that there needs to be concern for the full range of life issues and for the dignity of women and the sacramentality of human sexuality.

 

Many years ago, in an article in McCall’s magazine, Eunice Kennedy Shriver wrote something that might give us food for thought as we look at what we might do to reaffirm the value of life:

 

“If we reject the Hard Society and choose instead the way of love, we can move swiftly towards creating a country where material pursuits are not the end of our lives, where no child is hungry or neglected: where early marriages without firm roots and early divorces for fleeting reasons are fewer; and where even defective children are valued because they call forth our power to love and serve without reward. Instead of becoming the Hard Society, we could become the just and compassionate one. Instead of destroying life, we could destroy the conditions that make life intolerable. In this society, every child regardless of his or her capacities of the circumstances of his or her birth would be welcomed, loved, and cared for…”

 

God’s blessings always,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fr. Greg

 

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