1. Should sell-0ut Ben Nelson's "compromise" language on abortion funding stick in the final bill, at what point will we as Catholic and other pro-life citizens have to ask the question, "Can I purchase this insurance in good conscience?" If the answer is "no", and I am not saying it is until the final language is known and thoroughly analyzed, am I prepared to be fined or jailed for my moral stance? Or will we just cave? Then Ben Nelson can call us sell-outs.
2. Will this vote finally, please, end the abusive love relationship the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has with the Democrat party, and big government in general? This decades-long debacle has to stop. There are two analogies relevant here: one, the USCCB, the faithful and battered spouse, just keeps taking its punishment and hopes her bully husband will change his ways, all the while defending him to the neighbors; and two, the USCCB, the naive girlfriend who keeps getting cajoled into sacrificing more and more of her modesty in the vain hope that this last humiliating compromise of virtue will finally make the boyfriend love and respect her.
Persecution of the faith is already here. It will intensify. We need to remember that the true Spouse of the Church is Christ. He stands at the door and knocks. However many faithful Catholics who are left in this country are facing the prospect of fines, jail or worse in the coming decades. Will the Church not stand with them?
3. It is always good to remember that Christ's victory is assured. Assured. All we have to do is to be on His side to enjoy it when it is consummated. No earthly power can prevent this victory, and we must pray for courage, grace, and the accomplishment of God's will in our lives. I remember someone told me a few weeks ago that (I think) St. Ignatius of Loyola was asked in the light of some crisis of the time where was the safest place to be in the time of danger.
His answer is most instructive: Firmly in the will of God.