Sunday, October 14, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
Respecting Every Life! With October being Respect Life Month in the Roman Catholic tradition I decided to address some the issues that are part of our day-to-day life. It’s a good time to reflect and act on our belief in the sacredness of every human life. There are several well-written articles addressing different life issues online at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website: www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program. The articles cover topics including end of life care, assisted suicide, abortion and disabilities
. This year the USCCB choose the theme “Every Life: Cherished-Chosen-Sent” and focused on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the patroness of the unborn, based on the happenings of 1531, when the indigenous peoples of Mexico were subjugated and the practice of human sacrifice was still a recent memory. The Mother of God appeared to St. Juan Diego as a pregnant native woman, now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. She sent him with miraculous flowers in his cloak to tell the bishop to build a church where people could receive her Son and her loving, tender care. When St. Juan Diego opened the cloak before the bishop, an image of Our Lady was revealed that remains to this day. The chapel was quickly built, millions embraced Christianity, and the Church increased its protection of the indigenous people.
We are called to embrace the mission entrusted to St. Juan Diego of helping bring Christ's transforming love to cultures gripped by oppression and death.
Today, we again see the dignity of human life disregarded in several different ways in our society and world. People are murder on our streets regularly, ill people are encouraged and assisted to take their own lives and the list goes on-and-on.
How do we respond?
Please, prayerfully consider making your Catholic Ministries Appeal soon, and please be generous. Thank You!
On the lighter side…. There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. "Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk. "Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world! In peace and courage