The Plan of God, The Plan of Life

As you can see from the blogs that I have posted thus far, respecting life and opposing abortion have played an important role in the information that I believe is vital to our Nation.  Last year, I attended St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time which happened to fall on the Sunday designated by the Bishops of the United States as Respect Life Sunday. At that Mass, Father James Hart preached the following Homily that I have reprinted here with his consent. I ask you to prayerfully consider this Homily for your own good, the good of your fellow man, and the good of our American experiment. - J. Kevin Carey


The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Genesis 2: 18–24
Mark 10: 2–16
The Plan of God, the Plan of Life
Fr. E. James Hart


This Sunday is designated
by the Bishops of the United States
as Respect Life Sunday.
In this week’s Lessons and Gospel-
with respect to the created order-
we have set before us an essential part of the Plan of God
The formation of the family according to His will

Our Lord, commenting on the creation account of Genesis, teaches,
6 …from the beginning of creation,
‘God made them male and female.’
7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,8and the two shall become one flesh.’
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
9 What therefore God has joined together,
let not man put asunder.”1

One man and one woman united in marriage;
and the children born of that blessed union–
This is the institution that God established.
And there is no other!
It does not depend upon the state
The sate depends upon it

As John Paul the Great said,
“Beyond all the cultural changes, there are essential realities
that do not change; rather, they find their ultimate foundation in Christ, who is always the same, yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, the fundamental reference of Christian morality is not
the culture of man but the plan of God.”2

From the institution of marriage
there flows the beauty, the wonder,
the miracle of human life as God would have it,
irrespective of place or time,
in response to the cultural mandate,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it
and have dominion over the fish of the sea
and over the birds of the heavens
and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”3



In light of these realities, Respect Life Sunday begins,
as it always does, with the Church’s witness to life
and this, of necessity, begins with Her opposition to-
The evil of abortion

Why begin here?
Because abortion touches upon
the fundamental issue of our time-
the right upon which every right depends:
the right to life!

As the Bishops of our country have noted,

“Without the fundamental right to live,
the right not to be killed,
no other rights are meaningful.
In fact, without life no other rights can exist.”4

Based upon false and relativistic moral systems
of the apostate culture of man and of our time, however,
arguments, with seeming credibility, are mustered
in opposition to this most fundamental of all rights.

• “Abortion is a political matter;
and the Church should not be involved in politics”

To the contrary, abortion is not a political matter;
Rather, it is a moral matter, which has been politicized

It is a matter of right and wrong…

• “It’s my body. I have the right to choose.”

Abortion kills an innocent human being who,
from the moment of conception,
is a genetically unique human person
distinct from his or her mother and father.
A mother or father has no more right to kill their unborn child
than they do their two year old toddler.
Does a father have the right to kill his child
because the child lives in that father’s house?
Neither does the mother or father have the right to kill their baby
just because he is, for the moment, living in the mother’s womb.

It is your body, but the baby is not!
No one has the right to choose to kill
an innocent human being!

• “The fetus is just a clump of cells, a glob of tissue”

The only significant difference
between a fetus and fifteen-year old
is a few years and a few meals.
That “fetus” is a person, like you, like me!
Just because he is small
doesn’t mean that he is not human.

That baby is not just a clump of cells,
but an innocent human person!

God, our Creator and Redeemer,
compels us, as the family of God,
to protect the small, the innocent, the helpless!

• “A fetus becomes human when it can live on its own,
outside the mother’s womb.”

If being dependent means not being human,
then toddlers, the handicapped,
the injured, the sick, the old are not human-
which is absurd!
Love protects and cares for children,
the handicapped, the injured, the sick, the aged.

That baby, although defenseless, is a human person
from the moment of conception!
His Creator and Redeemer would have us come to his defense-
The defense of the defenseless!

• “You can’t legislate morality”

But in truth we legislate morality all the time.
We have laws, for instance and rightly,
against slavery, bigotry, rape, incest, murder,
theft, and child abuse.

Because these things are intrinsically wrong
In other words, they are evil.

No one in their right mind, for instance,
believes we should be able to practice
slavery or murder or sexual-abuse
under the auspices of “a right to choose” or “as a right to privacy.” To the point, there is no circumstance, time or place which would justify these heinous acts

The same holds, without exception, for Abortion
Abortion is always the willful killing of the most innocent!

Those who, in conformity to the Plan of God,
seek to establish a just society
will-they must-legislate morality!

There are profound depths in our Lord’s imperative,

“Suffer the little children to come unto me,
and forbid them not;
for of such is the kingdom of God.”5

But surely the defense of those children
from the moment of conception
is the bare minimum required of us

Can we, as His people, do anything less?

If we would do God’s will, if we would be faithful Catholics
we must be opposed to the evil of abortion,
without exception!


As the Catechism teaches us,
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”6

 We, as faithful Catholics
and men and women of good will
must be pro-life!

I am acutely aware, however,
that feelings run high around this issue.

I am also aware that in the most extreme case-
to wit: a pregnancy which is the result of a rape-
many people find it appalling
that the Church should insist that even then
the life of the unborn child is to be protected and nurtured.

But I would ask you to lay aside the “feelings” for a moment-
as real as they are.
I would ask you to answer the question,
At the moment of the conception of a human life,
what is it that takes place?

Again, the Catechism states,
“The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not ‘produced’ by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.”7

 This being true, regardless of the circumstances,
would you take the life of an innocent baby
because of the wrong done by another?

Do you think that one intrinsically evil act
justifies the perpetration of another intrinsically evil act-
that the evil of rape justifies the evil of murder?

In simple terms, that two wrongs make a right?

If you do, how, then would you square this
with the most fundamental principle of morality:


It is never right to do evil that good may come8


Again, we, as faithful Catholics and men and women of good will
must stand in defense of all innocent human life!

May the grace we receive in this Holy Eucharist,
this sacrifice of love,
enable us to make the fundamental reference
of our lives, our families, and our beloved country
not the culture of man,
but the Plan of God,
revealed to us in His Holy Word,
and confirmed to us by the Tradition of His Church




1  Mark 10: 6-92
2  VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2003, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Veritatis Splendor
3 ESV Genesis 1:284 From this years USCCB Respect Life Program Flyer
4  From this years USCCB Respect Life Program Flyer
5 DRA Mark 10:14
6 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2270, Cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Donum Viate I, 1
7 Ibid, Section 366; Cf. Pius XII, Humani generis: Denzinger-Schonmetzer. Enchiridion Symbolorum, Definitionum et Declarationum de Rebus Fidei et Morum (1965) 3896; Paul VI, CPC #8; Lateran Council V (1513): Denzinger-Schonmetzer. Enchiridion Symbolorum, Definitionum et Declarationum de Rebus Fidei et Morum (1965) 1440
8 Romans 3: 8




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