Fr. George W. Rutler wrote some very kind words about President Ronald Reagan over on National Review’s Corner as part of their recognition of his 100th birthday. Fr. Rutler’s post listed several delightful notes of interest.
Our favorite mentions that Mr. Reagan was the first US president to mention Our Lady of Fatima during a speech to Portugal’s parliament, causing the Communists to walk out. History has shown us that Our Lady of Fatima was targeting Communism, and President Reagan fit the bill perfectly!
Father Rutler also writes of Mother Teresa visited the President after the assassination attempt on his life, telling him, “You have suffered the passion of the cross and have received grace. There is a purpose to this . . . This has happened to you at this time because your country and the world needs you.”
In closing, he quotes a document the President signed, which should be mandatory for all US politicians and judges; local, state and federal:
On January 14, 1988, he signed a document: “Now therefore I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death, and I do proclaim, ordain, and declare that I will take care that the Constitution and laws of the United States are faithfully executed for the protection of America’s unborn children.”
Let us repeat; all local, state and federal politicians and judges should be required by law to affirm this declaration. However, in our country’s future, there will come a time when historians and media will look back and wonder how America’s moral crevasse became so large as to omit the basic protection of unborn children.
It seems that time and history is showing us that President Ronald Reagan certainly meets the highest standards for being a profile in courage.