By Fr Shenan Boquet, LifeSite News

As I gaze out into our world, I don’t see the culture I experienced as a child – one in which family life, morality, virtue, faith, service to neighbor and community, care for the poor and needy, respect for one’s elders and love of country were naturally part of life. Those who influenced my upbringing instilled in me values for centuries recognized as necessary and foundational for civilization. My family, teachers, pastors and neighbors took interest in me, as they did with each child, and taught me how to participate in what we now call a Culture of Life. Moreover, they helped me recognize that I share in God’s work and am accountable to Him for what I do with my life.

My childhood was filled with people who understood right from wrong. The God-centered values etched upon my soul have been etched upon the souls of millions before me, and remain constant even as society progresses. It is up to me – to us – to either plant or uproot, to tear down or to build. There is no middle ground between the choices, and no one is isolated from their consequences.

Our age is sadly choosing to scatter and throw away. We kill the most vulnerable in the womb, the aged and the sick and disabled for the sake of convenience. We discard the dignity and sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman to embrace cohabitation, promiscuity and homosexuality – all of which undermine our culture and society. We debunk religion and “free our conscience” in order to embrace unbridled passions. What will be our legacy?

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