In a powerful pastoral letter issued on the feast of the Assumption, as reported by New Mexico Alliance for Life, Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester has passionately called for the protection of human life and an end to the growing concerns surrounding abortion in New Mexico. The Archbishop’s letter, read at every Catholic mass in the archdiocese on August 15th and 20th, addresses the urgent need to defend the rights of both mothers and their unborn children.
The timing of this proclamation is particularly striking, coinciding with a recent revelation by the New Mexico Alliance for Life regarding the promotion of “ritual abortions” by the Satanic Temple Health through Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s abortion hotline.
Archbishop Wester’s letter underscores the necessity of supporting pregnant mothers and offering healing to those who have experienced past abortions. The Archbishop further emphasizes the importance of addressing the underlying reasons that lead women to choose abortion. He asserts, “We must do all that we can to support the mother and to help her sustain the right to life of her child.”
Central to the Archbishop’s message is the urgent call for Catholics in New Mexico to actively defend innocent life at all stages, from conception to natural death. He proposes a meaningful act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a powerful means to inspire change and foster a culture that values human life.
The significance of this public consecration extends beyond the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, as Bishop James S. Wall of the Diocese of Gallup and Bishop Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruces join in solidarity, collectively covering the entire state of New Mexico.
Archbishop Wester has directed priests throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, encompassing Albuquerque and Santa Fe, to incorporate the Act of Consecration in every mass. An excerpt from the consecration prayer reads, “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we consecrate ourselves to you this day, seeking the grace to be effective advocates for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.”
The Archbishop’s pastoral letter resonates with a plea to eradicate the driving forces behind abortion, including economic, social, and psychological factors. Poverty is highlighted as a common cause, and the Catholic community is called upon to actively combat these underlying conditions.
The Archbishop’s heartfelt words stress the necessity of changing hearts as a crucial step in the pro-life movement. While education is essential, genuine transformation can only be achieved by touching the depths of human hearts. This transformation, according to Archbishop Wester, can be rooted in prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Archbishop Wester concludes his letter by inviting fellow believers to consecrate themselves and the archdiocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He expresses his confidence that such a collective effort will prompt a shift in the state’s approach to protecting human life from conception onward.
In a call to action, individuals are encouraged to express their gratitude to Archbishop Wester for his impassioned leadership. This can be done by sending a “thank you” email to email@example.com.
The proclamation by Archbishop John C. Wester serves as a resounding call to defend the sanctity of human life, addressing the pressing concerns surrounding abortion in New Mexico. With its potent blend of compassion, faith, and a call to collective action, the pastoral letter resonates deeply within the hearts of Catholics and beyond, inspiring hope for a more compassionate and life-affirming society.