This is the second in a series of short reflections leading up to the Worldwide (well seemingly sans an awful lot of Australia, but see below) Vigil for Nascent Human Life this Saturday.
Why life is sacred: the Incarnation
Yesterday I pointed to the dignity of man in the manner of his creation and his vocation to eternal life as the source of life's sacredness. Today, a second reason in the Incarnation of Our Lord.
There is a reason why the Pope has suggested that this Vigil for Nascent Human Life coincide with the start of Advent (and many Vigils will include I Vespers of Advent). Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae put it as follows:
"At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: "I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord" (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this "great joy" is the Birth of the Saviour; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21)."
Promotion of the Vigil
While there are still an awful lot of gaps in my listing of Vigils across Australia (please do send in details of any you are aware of), it is good to see that there is at least some promotion of the event going on.
So, to give credit where credit is due....
Perth was the early leader on this front, but Parramatta Diocese seems to be blitzing the web given the number of webhits a search on the Vigil in Australia generates from them! My own parish bulletin included a notice about the Canberra Vigil following some guidance for priests and parish leaders, and Archbishop Coleridge has now put out a statement inviting people to join in. And it was good to read too, that the Archbishop of Brisbane has been providing liturgical suggestions to his priests with some result.
I do wish it could all be coupled with a little more catechesis though.
Something to pray about on Saturday I guess. Along with the fate of unborn children in the still very long list of dioceses and especially cathedrals where nothing appears to be happening at all...