Friday, January 23, 2015
"We Shall Not Weary, We Shall Not Rest"
I know that the March for Life in Washington, D.C. was yesterday -- the reason I know this is not, of course, because the annual arrival of hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic and hopeful young people bearing witness to the dignity and equality of every person is a story that is given much notice by the leading media outlets -- but I'm pretty sure it's not too late to re-read this -- which Robby George has called "the greatest pro-life speech ever given" -- by the late Fr. Neuhaus: "We Shall Not Weary, We Shall Not Rest."
. . . That is the horizon of hope that, from generation to generation, sustains the great human rights cause of our time and all times—the cause of life. We contend, and we contend relentlessly, for the dignity of the human person, of every human person, created in the image and likeness of God, destined from eternity for eternity—every human person, no matter how weak or how strong, no matter how young or how old, no matter how productive or how burdensome, no matter how welcome or how inconvenient. Nobody is a nobody; nobody is unwanted. All are wanted by God, and therefore to be respected, protected, and cherished by us.
We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life’s course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person—of every human person. . . .