In today's Journal de Montréal, writer Benoît Aubin reflects upon the consequences of the bombing of the World Trade Towers.
One effect, he argues, has been the rearrangement in the hierarchy of our values. “Security” has vaulted ahead of "individual rights;" individual privacy, freedom of movement, and presumption of innocence have been subordinated to detention and torture.
We in the pro-life movement welcome an all together different re-valuation of security, one having both temporal and transcendant components.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out, temporal security needs to be tied in to solidarity.
2402 In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, master them by labor, and enjoy their fruits. The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. However, the earth is divided up among men to assure the security of their lives, endangered by poverty and threatened by violence. The appropriation of property is legitimate for guaranteeing the freedom and dignity of persons and for helping each of them to meet his basic needs and the needs of those in his charge. It should allow for a natural solidarity to develop between men.
Transcendent security finds its expression in the words of the psalmist. Time and again, he writes that our refuge is in the name of the Lord who made Heaven and Earth.
The latter is no easy exercise. Witness the peoples of the Old Testament who repeatedly stumbled along, frequently failing to trust God.
Today, we are no better. I have often been told that it is preferable to abort a child because one will not be able to provide for its needs as well as those of the other members of the family?
Yet we need to trust that Our Heavenly Father who watches over us, will not abandon us in the carrying out of our duties. Witness the abundance with which we have been blessed; for example, our supermarkets overflow with fresh produce.
May the events of September 11, 2001, be a reminder how our lives have turned away from the one source of our true security.