From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…October 29, 2017

This letter comes to you after praying for an hour in front of the abortion clinic in Grand Rapids. It was a wet day on Monday, but thankfully it wasn’t that cold. The hour, for me, passed peacefully and prayerfully. Thank you to everyone who took the time to publicly pray for the safety of mothers and their babies and for the conversion of hearts.

There is an article that has been published in the last few days that since 2008, abortions are down 25%. That is good news if it is true, but, as always, we have to be careful about how those numbers are calculated. There is the old saying about lies: there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. It might be true that surgical abortions are down, but there often are other factors than just people are better responding to God’s grace. Contraceptive use might be up; surgical abortions might be down but chemical abortions might be up, which might change the calculations. There could be several factors that could affect the number of abortions that are also immoral and destructive to the human person and society.

Sadly, this issue is not going away any time soon, nor is the problem contained within our country. Abortion, and all the attendant evils, have been spread around the world. Even in rural places in Africa, where there are real problems like malnutrition and disease, the evils of abortion, contraception, and the like have taken root. It is insane that for a people who are already suffer greatly, more ills, more evils would be foisted upon them.

This is why we need to continue to be active. Real people are suffering. I have had the great honor to be a part of a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekend for post-abortive women and men. There is real suffering that comes from abortion beyond the death of the child, and, yes, men suffer greatly as well from the death of their children and the part they may have played.

There is much that we are called to do for our brothers and sisters in need. This is one area that is has many opportunities for everyone. There are crisis pregnancy centers to help mothers in their need; there are baby pantries to help struggling families; there is always the opportunity to pray. We can stand up in kindness to be a witness to the love and mercy of God. There are so many options. Our brothers and sisters are in need, great need. How are you going to help them?

–Fr. Ferris

All Saints Day Vigil Mass is this Tuesday at 7:00 pm. This is a day of obligation! See you at Mass!

St. Mary’s Masses are Wed., at 7:45 am and 12:10 pm.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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