By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.
I write to you on this commemoration of Roe vs. Wade--now 45 years of legalized abortion in the United States and over 60 million innocent lives lost. I remain united with you in life and in prayer from Uganda as we continue to fight to end this holocaust. I was heartened to see President Trump’s speech and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s speech at the March for Life in Washington DC this last week.
You can see those here:
I recently had the privilege of meeting the director of Human Life International here in Uganda, Fr. Jonathon Opio, who is a committed warrior for life! In our conversation, I was shocked to learn from him that there is a bill in the Ugandan Parliament to legalize abortion in Uganda. He informed me that this bill has been in their Parliament for a while but has not made much progress. Nonetheless, it is a big concern that such a bill has even been introduced, due mainly to the pressure and influence of foreign powers. If the Ugandan people want to know what legalized abortion does to a country, they need to look no further than the devastation that it has wrought in the U.S.–60 million lives lost, an entire generation erased.
Ugandans are naturally pro-life, which I really believe all of us are at our core. But Ugandans especially welcome children as valued contributors to their society and culture, which I witnessed once again at a Mass I celebrated at a local parish this past weekend. Having gone to this parish many times before, this was the first time I witnessed the sheer energy and joy of their children’s choir. I noticed that all the adults present were completely lifted up by this little band of singers! I never saw so many smiles and heartfelt singing by the adults in that parish as when they had the children leading them in song. The joy in the Church was irresistibly contagious. I must admit that I started to get a little teary-eyed again watching these little ones in their white uniforms swaying back and forth to the perfect rhythm of the drumming and singing at the top of their lungs. Even the little boy acting as the choir “director” was dancing around like Michael Jackson from his days in the Jackson 5. Suffice to say that the whole experience was stunning. You can see here some of the pictures I took of them.
The reason I bring up this choir is to ask a few sobering questions: How many of these beautiful, sublime choirs have been erased by abortion? How many joyful voices were silenced by abortion? How many adults have not been inspired and spiritually lifted up by such children because of abortion? This is what we’re missing, and I can say wholeheartedly, we’re missing a lot!