Two titans to the pro-life community were lost in February.
Nationally, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia not only put in jeopardy several cases pending before the court, it left the court without the reasoned voice of a man who understood the natural law and who upheld the principles and limits of government as handed down to us by our nation’s founding fathers in the U.S. Constitution.
Locally, the premature passing of Fr. Bill Carmody, the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs’ Respect Life office, left the pro-life community with not only the absence of a spiritual leader, but also the loss of a compassionate presence for the unborn, for those experiencing the traumas that follow abortion, and even for politicians whom he personally called to defend life.
Recovery from this double blow seems impossible. How can we ever get another Justice Scalia on the court, or another Fr. Carmody in the city?
The answer, of course, is that we cannot! However, we should recall the old saying that a person does not truly become an adult until his or her parents have gone.
These “parents” of ours have now passed on to us our “adulthood.” It remains for us to live out this adulthood and, in so doing, build upon what previous pro-life leaders have accomplished.
How do you intend to live out your adulthood?