Congratulations, Mr. President!
As head of the free world, your efforts to win the White House are commendable.
And, your leadership.
Thanks for steering my good ole USA!
With your latest grassroots organizing for action thrust, I hope you will incude Americans in the issues affecting us, and, the least among us.
Everyday, the unemployed are desperate.
Crime and violence surrounds a fearful people.
Drug dealers and addictions thrive amid a culture of violence, unemployment, family fracture, and more.
Our quality of life and security seems to struggle as discipline and integrity wane, it seems.
While we take life into our own hands, controlling its start and finish, experimenting with it, and, reducing its worth daily, I hope you will lead.
Does much of the fragility of life today stem from life inside the womb, Mr. President?
And, even though abortion-rights activists won an epic victory four decades ago with Roe v. Wade, they've been losing ever since, reports show.
Guttmacher, for example, notes a steady drop in the overall abortion rate to about 20 per 1,000 in 2008, from 30 per 1,000 mothers with a baby in their womb from ages 15 to 44 in 1981.
Fewer physicians seem willing to cause more harm these days. Most Americans oppose that violent and horrific procedure these days. No one seems to want to ever need such surgery.
Is one "pro-choice" to decide on wearing car seat belts?
In 1989 and 1998, the New York Times showed a shift from general acceptance of legalized abortion in the US.
Since 1973, on this day, millions of friends of life have gathered in the nation's capital to witness their respect for human life in and outside the womb.
One day this battle will triumph for the heart and soul of America.
It's a long journey home, however, for this civil rights issue, for the voiceless, vulnerable ones in the womb.
Will you walk in the struggle for justice with those who march for life this day?
Equality in and outside the womb is vital to this nation's foundation.
Family is fragile, yet, with your lead, it can be firmer for all of us limping along step by step like in Selma, and, elsewhere.
As in other struggles, light was at the end of the tunnel, and, will be for all youngsters, like we were not so long ago, at the end of the birth canal again, soon.
And, Americans will continue to walk with these parents and their babies, and, raise them up.
Each separate step inches toward morphed and mending ways to "free at last" those held hostage in the tabernacle and sanctuary of their mother's wombs.
Will you listen to women with babies in their wombs?
Will you call a summit?
Will you walk with them in their struggle to choose life?
Will you find out why they're in the situation they are?
Will you help us help walk with them and their babies to see daylight?
That's what Americans do, don't we?
We stand with, struggle with, and walk with women and men.
After all, it does take a village to raise a family in and outside the womb.
But, something has happened recently in our cutlure.
Individualism has taken over for many, as you noted so well in your Inaugural Address.
Will you, Mr. President? Will you continue to press for the common good, what you started, what you said so well after your Oath of Office was administered?
Perhaps, our collective solidarity beyond the soul's strangling individualism these days, will see us through a new and noble nation under God once more.
In turn, a quality of life and security for all, will be retrieved, in and outside mom's womb.
For veterans, and senior citizens, for immigrants, and those devoted to climate change concerns, and children wondering how safe they are on the way to school in Detroit, Flint, and Roseville, and criminals who will take notice, and, think twice before committing violent acts.
With your heightneing restrictions on guns here in the home of the free and land of the brave, will you add more of the same to limiting abortions?
Life's quality and sanctity are at state, you know.
A nation enveloped in fear since 9/11 is failing in confidence, courage, and passion.
Imagining ways to win the day for all merits your time and mine, coupled with that of our citizenry.
I'm grateful to you for listening.
And, for the personal and professional struggles of your Office that you've overcome collectively for the common good.
You are in my daily prayers and Mass for discernment in your daunting and unenviable task, Mr. President. Stand tall. And, walk with all of us, will you?
Reverend Lawrence M. Ventline, D.Min.
Director, Care of the Soul and Companions Counseling,
The All Faiths Festival (AFF) of Metropolitan Detroit,
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
18430 Utica Road
Roseville, Michigan 48066
(586) 777 9116, Ext. 2