A New Year for Life
As we begin a New Year, I want to introduce to you the
theme for the 2007 publishing year of the St. Augustine Catholic
magazine. This year, the editorial content of the magazine will
focus on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. For the next ten issues
we will address: Faithfulness, Self-Control, Joy, Modesty &
Chastity, Generosity, Charity, Goodness, Kindness & Gentleness,
Patience and Peace.
Faithfulness is the theme of our Jan/Feb issue - faithfulness
to life. Our cover story talks about the use of ultrasound technology
and how crisis pregnancy centers in North Florida are using it
to help abortion-minded women choose life for their baby. It is
amazing the number of women who have changed their mind about
aborting their child after seeing their baby up close and in person
on the screen of an ultrasound machine. Eydie Millwood is one
such woman. She courageously shares her abortion story with readers
- it’s a story that is both unbelievable and uplifting.
On Jan. 7-13, the U.S. Bishops invite Catholics to observe National
Migration Week. This year’s theme is “Welcoming Christ
in the Migrant.” Our story on page 16 - El Camino:
A beacon of hope for the poor - resonates with this year’s
theme and is one example of how people in our local community
are reaching out to the poor, especially migrant workers.
Guy and Jeannie Gallina of Sacred Heart Parish in Green Cove
Springs have rallied enormous support from their parish and medical
community to provide a free clinic for men, women and children
who have limited access to health care.
Bishop Gerald Barns, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee
on Migration, challenges us to provide welcome for the migrants,
immigrants, refugees, human trafficking victims, and other people
on the move who come to our land seeking justice and peace.
This year’s observance is particularly timely as our citizens
and leaders grapple with the complexities and many dimensions
of the migration experience. “Our nation’s legitimate
security concerns have been distorted by some who would foment
anxiety, fear and a distrust of migrants,” said Bishop Barns.
“The present immigration reform debate has lost much of
its reason and is often being fueled by raw emotions. Scriptures
and Catholic Social Teaching call upon all of us to examine the
issues and respond to the strangers among us as we would to Jesus
Himself. The Holy Family found safety and new lives in Egypt during
their time of great need. Many migrants today follow similar paths
as they embark on their journey of hope,” he said.
When we reach out to aid and comfort the newcomers to our land
we are indeed offering our gifts of service and ourselves to the
Lord. This is not only our Christian duty, but also a privilege,
knowing that we too have been adopted into God’s family.
Remain faithful to life!
- Kathleen Bagg-Morgan, editor