01-2018 Charism of the Month (Respect Life)
January Charism: Respect Life
Join us in the Walk for Life, Saturday, January 20th at 11:00 am
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
“Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
“Every individual, precisely by reason of the mystery of the Word of God who was made flesh (cf. John 1:14), is entrusted to the maternal care of the Church. Therefore every threat to human dignity and life must necessarily be felt in the Church’s very heart; it cannot but affect her at the core of her faith in the Redemptive Incarnation of the Son of God, and engage her in her mission of proclaiming the Gospel of life in all the world and to every creature (cf. Mark 16:15).” —St. John Paul II, The Gospel of Life
“When we speak of mankind, we must never forget the various attacks on the sacredness of human life. The plague of abortion is an attack on life. Allowing our brothers and sisters to die on boats in the Strait of Sicily is an attack on life. Dying on the job because the minimum safety standards are not respected is an attack on life. Death from malnutrition is an attack on life. Terrorism, war, violence; so is euthanasia. Loving life means always taking care of the other, wanting the best for him, cultivating and respecting her transcendent dignity.” —Pope Francis, Address to Meeting of the Science and Life Association
Creator God, help us honor the dignity of all people, especially those in whom God’s face may be difficult to recognize. Inspire us to help protect human life in all its stages, at home and around the world.
(The above & additional material concerning Respect for Human Life can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: USCCB.org.)
As you read in our December Bulletin, Saint Francis created the first Nativity Scene because he loved Jesus so much he wanted us to SEE that Christ became man, lived, suffered and died as man. Because of his passionate love of Christ, Francis was the first person to be gifted with the Stigmata, the wounds of Christ.
Reflection: Scripture tells us that God created man in his image. If we believe that, how can we concretely demonstrate our love, respect and protection for all human life, at all stages and for those whose actions are deplorable and threatening to us?