Life on Earth.
* Megan McKenna has said that when she asks people what is the opposite of death, they usually answer "life." And she says: "Wrong!" The opposite of death is birth, and life is what we have in between, lf we are to be not only pro-birth but also pro-life, we must be for all that is necessary for a life lived in accordance with the dignity we have as persons created in the image of God.
Some years ago, the bishops of the Philippines issued a pastoral letter called "What Are We Doing to Our Beautiful Land?" In this letter, they say that the environment is "the ultimate pro-life issue." Clearly, the need for unpolluted air, water and soil is a pro-life issue. If we are to be authentically pro-life, we must be serious about the condition of our environment on Planet Earth.
(Fr.) ED ESCHWEILER
St. Francis, Wis.