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Preaching Pro-Life on Trinity Sunday, Cycle C

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Published on May 21, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone (http://www.FrFranksBlog.com), National Director of Priests for Life (http://www.PriestsForLife.org), shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on Trinity Sunday. We are living out the life of the Trinity, we are asking from God the gift of unity as shown through the Trinity.
More liturgical resources are at http://www.ProLifePreaching.com.
A fuller explanation follows.

Prv 8:22-31
Rom 5:1-5
Jn 16:12-15

The readings today, of course, present again the truth that God is One in Three Persons. Preaching pro-life on the Feast of the Holy Trinity leads us to comment on the reality of "communio". Seen in a unique way in the Trinity, this is a reality lived on a human level as well. It is first of all a gift, and secondly a task, consisting of a total self-giving to one another. The unity of families, nations, and the world depend on it. As the bulletin insert above indicates, this is a key reason for today's Feast.

A particular application is in the matter of abortion. There are no two human beings closer than a mother and her unborn child. Abortion disrupts, denies, and distorts the union of these two persons, and in doing so, further destroys family and societal unity. Most marriages break up after an abortion, and the woman often experiences an inability to bond with future children or even enter into future relationships with men. Her ability to trust and to make life decisions is impaired by abortion.

Standing for life and protecting the unborn means fostering the "communio" we see, in its ultimate form, in the Trinity. Life is preserved precisely when it is given away in self-sacrificing love.

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