I’m sure others have pointed this out, but it bears keeping in mind. From Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address:
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
Tomorrow, when my family walks in the West Coast Walk for Life, the judgement of God will be on my mind. God allows us to act, even to act evilly. But His justice and mercy will not undo that which we will not have undone. The appropriate repercussions for 55 million innocents put to death is terrible to contemplate.
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Dear Heavenly Father, have mercy on us! Free us from the sins that have brought us to this terrible place! Give us the courage and the grace to embrace a life of penance, and to care for all those suffering from the monstrous murder of the weakest and most innocent among us. Especially, let us care for and comfort mothers whose children were never allowed to be born; fathers who never held their sons and daughters, and those who aided and performed these atrocities. Truly, they know not what they do.
Help us embrace the Cross, and be washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb.
Let us remember that the Enemy is not men and woman, but principalities and powers.
Help us love where love is impossible; hope where hopelessness reigns, and believe at times and places where you seem far away.
In union with Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.