Torah's Light Ministries

" Exalting Jesus by Sharing the Jewish Roots of Christianity"

Call to Prayer!

Torah's Light Ministries, as a Catholic organization, acknowledges that much of its Protestant constituency sees nothing wrong with contraception use. We honor and respect this view. As a Catholic organization, we have approached this topic from a Catholic point of view. We hope all will honor and respect that.

During the High Holy Days—Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Succos (the Feast of Tabernacles)—we are reminded of the majesty and sovereignty of the Almighty. It is God who created the world and, as an act of his sovereign will, He created human beings in His image.

As Christians, we understand that Jesus is the Creator Who chose to create humanity in His image. We have intrinsic value. There is a minimum dignity due all human beings, regardless of age or stage of development. Humans, by virtue of the image of God which we bear, deserve protection—not from cradle to grave, but from the beginning of our lives to the natural end of our lives.

From conception to the last natural breath, we need to defend human life with all of our strength because of our love and commitment to Jesus Christ, our God.

In recent years—since Roe v. Wade in 1972—human life has been under attack, particularly in the womb. Abortion on demand—or infanticide, as I prefer to call it—has so invaded our national consciousness that it is no longer thought of as an option. It is now considered a legitimate means of contraception and it has been codified and legitimized in federal law as a necessary medical procedure.

Our unborn children are murdered at a rate of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 (source: ). Contraception use in the United States, including surgical mutilation techniques like vasectomies and tubal ligations, ranges from 67% to 88% (source:< href=””> Contraception use is promoted as a method of ensuring “sexual responsibility”.

As Catholic Christians, we believe that abortion is sinful. We further believe that sexual responsibility is only possible with in marriage. Though there are many justifications for this stand, they can be synthesized to one central reason. Determining who will be given the opportunity to live and when is a divine privilege and is not in the domain of human beings. Simply, we are playing God.

At present, there is an assault against Christianity, particularly against the Catholic Church, by the government. Through the health care package passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, the government is seeking to compel religious groups to violate conscience and religious principles by requiring them to carry insurance that provides for abortion on demand and contraception. Doctors and nurses who have moral convictions against these will be compelled to violate conscience by performing abortions and prescribing contraception medications and procedures. This violates the “free exercise” clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Eighty-seven percent of Americans oppose the use of federal funding for abortions (source: ). To force Christians who may oppose contraception use to participate in contraception availability is also repugnant. Responding to this, the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill called the “Protect Life Act” which, upon becoming law, would do three things: ban the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, allow conscientious exclusion for health care professionals who oppose abortion and contraception, and allow private religious organizations to disinclude abortion and contraception from group health insurance.

This is a call to prayer. I urge all Christians in the United States to join in prayer for the passage of this legislation and/or legislation that accomplishes the same things.

It is important to remember that, according to Scripture, Judah went into exile because the streets of Jerusalem were filled with innocent blood during the reign of King Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah. It is difficult to imagine a more innocent life than that of the unborn. I leave you with this thought from the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: “By destroying the unborn child, we are destroying the presence of God. We have destroyed love. We have destroyed the most sacred thing that a human being can have: the joy of loving and joy of being loved.” (source:


Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"—John 8:12