A few weeks ago, the Catholic News Agency released an article titled, “In US, abortion rates reach new low.”

According to the study by the CDC, abortion rates have fallen 22 percent between 2005 and 2014.

When I read this article, my heart rejoiced! Of course, there are other issues at play here, but less abortions is a great thing!

A few minutes later, I had a thought… I had nothing to do with this.

I haven’t stood outside abortion clinics, praying the rosary for unborn babies, or counseled conflicted mothers, or signed any petitions, or even defended the sanctity of life in all the opportunities I’ve had. I’ve primarily been on the sidelines. In this uber-important mission of the Church, I have played the smallest, supporting, minor role at best.

There are battles raging, and the question for all of us is “what are we doing about it?”

We’re called to rise above our personal missions and join the Church’s mission.

No matter what skills, tools, and gifts we think we do or don’t have, we have something. We all can bring something to the table, something to offer. Our time, our talents, our treasure.

The irony is that when we join the battle, have fought the good fight, given all, and see the tides changing, we rejoice… but not because we had anything to do with it. We realize that it is God working through us, and we understand: “Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5


Be the Men.

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