Patrick Hanlon is dedicated to the service of life

By  Philip Lynch, Youth Speak News
  • December 11, 2009
{mosimage}ST. JOHN’S Nfld. - When Patrick Hanlon was a young man, he heard a very disturbing comment. He was walking with his mother and mentally and physically disabled sister, when he heard people say behind her back, “Wouldn’t she be better off dead?”

Hanlon was horrified to think that some people didn’t consider the sister he loved so dearly worthy of life.

“That makes an impact upon you. You know society has a devalue on human life. We need to try to correct that situation,” said Hanlon.

This, among other events, had an enormous impact on him and spurred his desire to dedicate his life to the service of others, especially the unborn.

By far, the 27-year-old political science graduate’s greatest contribution has been to the cause of life in St. John’s and Newfoundland. He is a member of the Life Canada Board of Directors and the Catholic Civil Rights League of Canada. He is a lecturer at his local Knights of Columbus Council and a heavily involved member of the Legion of Mary. He is also a past president of the Newfoundland Right to Life Association.

According to Hanlon, any challenges in the pro-life movement are far outweighed by the successes.

“The successes I see as meaningful in the pro-life movement is when a baby is born, when the gift of life is given. Especially if someone comes forward and says thank you.”

When asked if he has a special devotion to any particular saint, Hanlon replies, “I have a litany.” He lists St. Teresa of Lisieux, St. Padre Pio, St. Patrick and Blessed Mother Teresa. In particular, Hanlon mentions St. Thomas More, the patron saint of politicians, “for his courage to stand up to the man who could chop his head off, and stay firm in the faith.”

Recently, Hanlon returned from the Holy Land, an experience of encouragement and inspiration.

“It was something that I’ve always wanted to do. Walk in His footsteps. Adore at Bethlehem. Spend time in the Garden of Gethsemane. Kneel on Calvary.”

Hanlon plans to continue his activities and discernment of God’s will for him.

He knows there will be struggles ahead.

“Of course, some will laugh at you, persecute you. That’s to be expected,” said Hanlon. “They persecuted Christ. We are blessed for being persecuted for righteousness. We must go on and help individuals find the love of God.”

(Lynch, 27, works in marketing and web site maintenance in St. John’s, Nfld.)

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