The following came in an Oct. 27 email from one of our readers.

On Sunday, October 26, a San Diego diocesan priest, Father George Decasa, pastor at St Richard’s in Borrego Springs, gave a lengthy, passionate sermon regarding true Catholic love and ended it by reminding parishioners of love for the unborn.

Father DeCasa, formerly of St Charles parish in Imperial Beach, said that when Christ stated “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God, the things that are God’s, we need to check to see if man’s laws are an outflow of God’s love.

“It is very appropriate that we have this Gospel reading today as elections are held within a few days. It reminds us that as citizens, we should vote and our Christian values should guide us in choosing candidates who truly promote human life.

Mother Teresa already noted, “the greatest violation of love today is the killing of the unborn.”

Father DeCasa said, “Let us remember that the first human being to welcome Mary and the Child Jesus in her womb was the child in the womb of Elizabeth. At the Visitation, upon greeting Mary, Elizabeth says, ‘For the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.’”

Father DeCasa mentioned that once before he urged a group of Catholics to vote with life as the priority, but they complained that there were other issues – the economy, public policies, etc. He said, “What could be more important than saving human innocent lives?”

When Father DeCasa finished his sermon there was vigorous, spontaneous applause.