Tag: Culture of Life

Dependent

Shortly after my wife had given birth to our first son, I held my little boy and was immediately struck by his helplessness.  Before that moment, I may have had some idea of how dependent a child is on others, but it became very real when my wife handed him to me on that sweltering […]

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Fatherhood and the Sacredness of Human Life

The upcoming celebration of Father’s Day is a fitting time to examine the irony that in our current culture, fatherhood is rarely mentioned. When mentioned at all, fathers are mocked or portrayed negatively. Some movies and stories downplay the role of the father in a child’s life, yet simultaneously portray the child as suffering from […]

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Word of Life

“The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing,” http://www.goo.gl/MyKAp7

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“Christ came to liberate us from the cycle of violence by showing us how to love and be merciful. …As the culture of death threatens to electively select who does and who does not deserve life, we must uphold that all human life has invaluable dignity and worth.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Death Penalty: […]

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Word of Life

“Building a culture of life isn’t something we just do one month of the year, or with one event or initiative—it’s essential to who we are. It happens through our daily actions, how we treat one another, and how we live our lives.” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Chair USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities 2017 Respect […]

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“By focusing on the most vulnerable members of society, we strengthen the entire fabric of society to protect the rights of all.” Archbishop William E. Lori, Chair Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty “Solidarity at the Service of All People in the Middle East,” https://goo.gl/nAUXNQ

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The Pope’s Video For The Elderly-December 2017

DECEMBER Universal: For the elderly That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.  Click here to view video: The Pope’s Video For The Elderly December 2017 DICIEMBRE Universal: Por los ancianos. Por los ancianos, para que sostenidos por las […]

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Illinois Bill Would Make It 4th State to Ban Abortions on Babies with Down Syndrome

Two Illinois lawmakers hope to make their state the next one to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions. The Journal Star reports Republican state Reps. Allen Skillicorn, of Crystal Lake, and Thomas Morrison, of Palatine, introduced state House Bill 4210 last week to prohibit abortions on unborn babies solely because of a […]

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Word of Life

“The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency. Nothing diminishes the unchangeable dignity and sanctity of a person’s life, or the obligation to protect and care for it.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing” www.usccb.org/end-of-life-considerations “La […]

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“Many parents want perfect children. Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are airbrushed, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, too. He does not call us, however, to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “A […]

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“Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person’s heart; we simply need to follow where he leads.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “How to Build a Culture of Life,” www.usccb.org/culture-of-life “A veces nuestras acciones hablan por sí mismas; otras veces, […]

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“A model of care has been developed specifically for families whose infant is likely to die before or after birth. Often called ‘perinatal hospice,’ it’s a way of caring for both the baby and the baby’s family before, as well as after, birth.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, “Supporting Families Who Receive a Prenatal […]

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Heavenly Father… Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Every Life is Worth Living” Prayer Card, www.usccb.org/worth-living   Padre celestial, … Danos amor por todas las personas, en especial las más vulnerables, […]

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“If we are filled with the love of God, a culture of encounter and solidarity will begin to bloom.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, “Serene Attentiveness to God’s Creation” www.bit.ly/serene-attentiveness   “Si estamos llenos del amor de Dios, comenzará a florecer una cultura de encuentro y solidaridad”. Secretariado de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB Serena […]

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Word of Life

“Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person’s heart; we simply need to follow where he leads.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “How to Build a Culture of Life,” www.usccb.org/culture-of-life    

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“Through [the] loving care [of my family and friends], they affirm what I also know—that my life is, always has been, and always will be, worth living.’”   “Maggie’s Story: Living like Dad,” www.usccb.org/maggies-story USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities Por medio [del] cuidado amoroso, [de mis familiares y amigos] que afirman lo que también sé: […]

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Word of Life

“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!”   Address of John Paul II to the Bishops and Apostolic Administrators of Albania on their […]

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Saint John Paul II quote

We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life.” We find ourselves not only “faced with” but necessarily “in the midst of” this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing […]

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Life Issues Forum-Reflections from the Sidewalk

LIFE ISSUES FORUM                                                                           For Immediate Release Reflections from the Sidewalk                                                                   November 16, 2018 I was praying the rosary recently on the sidewalk outside of a very busy abortion center in the Washington, D.C., area, where I live. The building, a seedy-looking structure that used to be a convenience store, is located on a […]

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Word of Life

December 2nd “Every life is a good and perfect gift. Many know this on an intellectual level, but those who love someone with a disability see it in their loved one’s face in a particular way. Our love for our children has nothing to do with their abilities. We love them simply because of who […]

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January 5th “When I meet another parent of a child with Down syndrome, there is usually a moment of instant recognition and understanding. Our eyes meet, and we smile conspiratorially, as if we’re in on the same secret: the fundamental truth that every life is a good and perfect gift. …Our love for our children […]

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Word of Life for March 1, 2020

“[The Gospel of Life] is therefore meant to be a precise and vigorous reaffirmation of the value of human life and its inviolability, and at the same time a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction […]

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Word of Life for March 8, 2020

“We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only “faced with” but necessarily “in the midst of” this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing […]

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Word of Life for March 22, 2020

“There is an everyday heroism, made up of gestures of sharing, big or small, which build up an authentic culture of life… Part of this daily heroism is also the silent but effective and eloquent witness of all those ‘brave mothers who devote themselves to their own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth […]

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Word of Life for March 29, 2020

“With great openness and courage, we need to question how widespread is the culture of life today among individual Christians, families, groups and communities in our Dioceses. With equal clarity and determination we must identify the steps we are called to take in order to serve life in all its truth” (The Gospel of Life […]

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One. Human. Race.

The evil of racism will never be overcome until we stop dividing ourselves. The words of Martin Luther King never fail to stir the soul. His speech, “Where Do We Go From Here” delivered in 1967 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) contained words rarely quoted. Race is a human construct that has done […]

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