As much as we want to save lives, as pro-lifers and Christians we should have a great desire to help save souls as well. One of my favorite quotes from John Paul II comes from his 2002 address to the U.S. Cardinals in response to the sexual abuse scandal:
“we cannot forget the power of Christian conversion, that radical decision to turn away from sin and back to God, which reaches to the depths of a person’s soul and can work extraordinary change.”
Today’s feast of the conversion of St. Paul is a reminder no one is so sinful that they cannot turn back to God and receive his infinite mercy and forgiveness. So, tonight my little votive candle is lit for the conversion of all those who advance the culture of death. For abortionists, especially Kermit Gosnell, and those who work at abortion facilities. For those who have had abortions or are considering one. For men and women who treat each other and their own bodies as mere objects of sexual gratification. For those who encourage our young people to “explore their sexuality” and push for expanded use of contraception. For anyone who harbors hatred in their heart instead of opening themselves up to love and forgiveness. For politicians who create laws that destroy human life instead of protecting it. For doctors who kill rather than heal. For all those who treat life as a product of science and man instead of a gift from God.
I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. -Luke 15:7
Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Saviour of the world, we humbly beseech You, by Your most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Your fold may in one days be converted to You, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.