LegalWorks Apostolate Celebrates One Year of Service

Staff, Family and Friends Throw Surprise Party

By Scott Lloyd

These remarks were delivered by Scott Lloyd on the Solemnity of the Annunciation before the attorneys, staff, families, and friends of the apostolate on its one-year anniversary.

My faith, like most people's, I suppose, is something that is constantly unfolding before me, and so, to be honest, when Stu informed me last year that he was incorporating LegalWorks Apostolate on the Feast of the Annunciation, it was not even something that I was aware was approaching.

After hearing about it, though, it made sense?March 25, it's nine months before Christmas. Alright. I had probably been to Mass on the Annunciation many times and been aware that it was the feast of the Annunciation, but it did not stick until Stu, guided by the Holy Spirit, decided this was to be the day that LegalWorks would be conceived.

And so this year is the first year that I have really reflected on the meaning of the Annunciation around the time of the Solemnity, as opposed to random reflections on the Annunciation and the Incarnation.

Because of the dimension that LegalWorks has added to the Solemnity for me, I found myself contemplating the Annunciation in relation to the LegalWorks endeavor. In other words, what does it mean that LegalWorks began on the Annunciation? God in his Providence provided this set of facts, what are we to make of it?

I think there is a lot here. First, it is the perfect day to do something significant. Many Christian writers reasoned that this was the day that God created the world, that the fall of Adam and Eve occurred, and as the actual day Christ was crucified. Still others marked this day as the fall of Lucifer, the immolation of Isaac, and the passing of Israel through the Red Sea.

It is also a particularly good day to begin something that will play out over time, as the Annunciation marks the beginning of Christ's mission on earth. Accordingly, today was in the Christian world the beginning of the new year until the 1700s. Farmers in various places in the Christian world bless their seeds on this day and plant them on the next, hence the seed-themed breads on the table.

Chiefly, though, I think of the context where the Incarnation took place?Christ became man in the womb of a faithful Jewish girl living in territory occupied by pagans.

In many ways, our story mirrors this set of facts. Our legal institution has a mother in the Church. We were conceived to enter into the practice of law, and let's be blunt? the law is pagan territory. It is, in fact, one of the least Christian elements of our society, particularly family law and constitutional law, two areas where we have particular interest. Look no further than no fault divorce, legalized abortion on demand, and gay marriage as confirmation.

But more than that, the Annunciation speaks to us in terms of what we are to do once we have arrived on the scene. I don't think we can, with the Incarnation as our background, think we have the option of playing out our careers in our safe little corner of the legal practice and when it is all over, have people say of us, "well, wasn't that a cute idea?" and go on with their pagan ways.

As Christians, we are called to live so that it is no longer we who live, but Christ in us. So in the mystical sense of being part of the Body of Christ, LegalWorks is called to transform the legal profession and the law that arises from it, just as Christ's incarnation transformed the world he was born into. As far as the law is concerned, I know I speak for Stu when I say that I hope for the transformation to be just as complete.

A bold statement, I know. We are a firm with two full-time attorneys in Front Royal, VA, and here I am talking about transforming the legal profession. But again, this leads us back to the Annunciation?a young, unmarried peasant girl in a small town in the Middle East who would give birth to Almighty God, and would become the Queen of Heaven and Earth in the process.

Our confidence, then, that we can alter the legal profession comes from Christ, who exhorted us to "take courage, for he has conquered the world," and that "Everything is possible to one who has faith."

If these words are true, and they are, then Christ has already won for us victory over the culture we find in the law?the Culture of Death. It is ours to claim, but it will be a question not of our talents, our resources, our diligence, or our knowledge of the law, but of our faith. I hope that Our Lord looks upon our office and what we do in it as our Fiat, and that he accomplishes all that He hopes for us through us.

And already, after just a year, we can look around at all of you and see what God has provided for us?a family of caring individuals who are here to rally around us, join us in prayer, iron my shirts, work with us on legal questions, provide financial support for our foundation, or just to say hi as we share the same office building. All of this is essential to our mission, and helps sustain us in our faith that with God, we really can change the legal profession, and the law.

LegalWorks thanks you all sincerely for your support, and for joining us to celebrate today. It has been a great year, and we are looking forward to the victories to come.

God bless you all.

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