Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus!
As we celebrate Respect Life throughout the month of October, Our Lord reminds us of the sacredness of every life. Catholics have always held and will always preach the value of human life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that:
"Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being” (CCC 2258). And “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” (CCC 2270)
As we read in Psalm 139:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you… My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
Because Our Loving God has created every human being we are sacred and precious – made in God’s image and likeness. We are a reflection of God. As a reflection of God, we have been entrusted from the moment of conception until our natural death with a unique mission and vocation in life that is life-giving. What is that mission? We are invited to bring others to this life-giving realization of the love of God for each and every person from the moment of conception until natural death.
Introducing others to Our Lord involves true love. Introducing others to Our Lord involves real sacrifice. When there is true love and real sacrifice then there is the promise of eternal life. Please see this week’s bulletin for a calendar of parish events and daily opportunities to strengthen your faith and your resolve to protect all human life and to build up the Kingdom of God.
For more information please visit https://www.respectlife.org/celebrate.
Fr. Don Kline, V.F.