Choose Life

Jim Daly
Handbook Ch. 12, No. 3
May 5, 2016

The Handbook discusses the Legion as a national asset and how it represents spiritual gain for our culture.

What is our culture? Our culture is at war between death and life. It is a war for souls. The Legion is in the front lines of the battle.

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life." Deuteronomy 30:19
The foundation of the culture of death is contraception. Let's be scientific and look at the data. There is a direct correlation in the use of contraceptives and abortion. Even the pro-abortion pro-contraception Guttmacher Institute acknowledges this in their paper, Relationships Between Contraception and Abortion: A Review of the Evidence. When contraception use increases, abortions increase.

In the US, the judge that legalized contraceptives said it was to:

  • Prevent unwanted pregnancies. Since then we have had millions of unwanted pregnancies that have ended in abortion.
  • Save marriages. Since then there has been a great increase in the percent of marriages that end in divorce.
  • Improve women's health. Today a large percentage of women have sexually transmitted diseases.
The wide spread use of contraceptives has led to the promiscuous culture of death. When contraceptives fail, abortion is the back up. For every 100 women on the pill, 8 get pregnant each year. These are completely unexpected problem pregnancies.

The culture of death is sex out of wedlock. It is unmarried couples living together.

The man says, "She is a lot of fun, but I don't want to marry. I can't see her as the mother of my children. Why buy the cow when all you want is the milk."

The woman likes the man but does not want him as the father of her children. She doesn't respect him.

Many times one partner is committed but the other is not.

Satan promises bliss and happiness, but he delivers misery.

  • Relationships break up, leaving broken hearts.
  • Pregnancy often results followed by abortion.
  • There are many single mothers living in poverty.
  • Deadly diseases are transmitted.
  • Children are raised without fathers
Satan delivers sickness, poverty, and misery.

That's the culture of death.

Choose the culture of life by following the Church's teaching. No living together. Prepare for a marriage that will last, richer or poorer, sickness or health, until death. Jesus, unlike Satan, asks us to pick up our cross. Abstain. Love the other person. Commit yourself to them. Sacrifice for them. For this Jesus delivers,

  • Happiness
  • Good health
  • Family
  • Prosperity
Plan your life, prepare. Engage in spiritual exercises that will help you to develop self-discipline. The Rosary is a spiritual exercise. It is hard to say. It strengthens self-discipline. God will bless you. You will prosper.

The Legion's role in the culture war is to save one soul at a time. When you recruit an Auxiliary who promises to say the Rosary every day, or get someone back to Mass and the sacraments you have won a victory in the culture war.