|2/18/2013 11:31:00 AM|
We must be willing to give all
Catholic News Service
A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is seen in the lobby of the St. Louis headquarters of O'Brien Industrial Holdings in this photo from March. A federal court ruling that rejected the Catholic business owner's challenge to a federal mandate that employee health insurance include contraceptive coverage will be appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
On Aug. 1, we will be forced to respond to the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate. Since it mandates Catholics to adhere to matters inimical to Catholic teaching — abortion, sterilization, contraception — it is without legal standing.
Therefore, it must not only be disobeyed, but defied. If necessary, we must be willing to die to uphold the teachings of our Lord and our Catholic faith. Otherwise, unless we follow our Lord Jesus to lead lives of faith and sacrifice, our lives are not worthwhile.
As Mother Teresa said, “God did not create us to be successful, but to be faithful.”
John DeZell, Portland