October is Respect Life Month. This year, the Office of Life, Justice and Peace has chosen topics that are at the center of our world. Our hope is that these topics enlighten and remind us that at the heart of each issue is the human person. The “topics” are not just theoretical or political, but they are personal because they affect our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters.
To create a world where every person is loved, each person must spread kindness, mercy and an authentic understanding of being part of the human family. Only then will abortion and other attacks on human life end.
Over these past months, we have seen civil unrest and chaos spread across our country. Now more than ever, people of faith must be the voice of reason as we seek unity and spread mercy.
“We are a nation founded on ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’, but the right to life itself is not fully protected, especially for unborn children, the terminally ill, and the elderly, the most vulnerable members of the American family. We are called to be peacemakers in a nation at war. We are a country pledged to pursue ‘liberty and justice for all,’ but we are too often divided across lines of race, ethnicity, and economic inequality. We are a nation of immigrants, struggling to address the challenges of many new immigrants in our midst. We are a society built on the strength of our families, called to defend marriage and offer moral and economic supports for family life. We are a powerful nation in a violent world, confronting terror and trying to build a safer, more just, more peaceful world. We are an affluent society where too many live in poverty and lack health care and other necessities of life. We are part of a global community charged with being good stewards of the earth’s environment, what Pope Francis calls ‘our common home,’ which is being threatened. These challenges are at the heart of public life and at the center of the pursuit of the common good. They are intertwined and inseparable.”
RESPECT LIFE MONTH SPEAKER SERIES
What Binds the Racial Justice and Prolife Movements Together?
Topic: What Binds the Racial Justice and Prolife Movements Together? Speaker: Gloria Purvis Date and time: October ... READ MORE »
Dignity & Justice: Welcoming the Stranger at Our Border
Topic: Dignity & Justice: Welcoming the Stranger at Our Border Speaker: Linda Dakin-Grimm When: Oct 14, 2020 06... READ MORE »
How Do Americans Think and Feel About Abortion?
Topic: Findings from the Notre Dame McGrath Institute Abortion Attitudes Study Speaker: Jessica Keating Date and ti... READ MORE »
Addressing Mental Health Challenges During the COVID 19 Pandemic
Topic: Addressing Mental Health Challenges During the COVID 19 Pandemic Speaker: Aaron Khieraty Date and time: Oc... READ MORE »
Care, Prepare, and Connect
Topic: Care, Prepare, and Connect Speaker: Patty Barnett Mouton Date and time: Tuesday, October 13, 6 pm OR Saturd... READ MORE »
Care, Prepare, and Connect
Topic: Care, Prepare, and Connect Speaker: Patty Barnett Mouton Date and time: Thursday, October 29, 6 pm This pres... READ MORE »
Respect Life Evening of Remembrance
Topic: Respect Life Evening of Remembrance Speaker: Sharon St. Pierre Date and time: October 26, 6:30pm Join us for... READ MORE »
Hope for Post-Election Politics: Hospitality and Encounter
Topic: Hope for Post-Election Politics: Hospitality and Encounter Speaker: Charlie Camosy Date and time: November 1... READ MORE »
Hope After the Pandemic: Building Solidarity, Resisting Throwaway Culture
Topic: Hope After the Pandemic: Building Solidarity, Resisting Throwaway Culture Speaker: Charlie Camosy Date and t... READ MORE »
Resources for Reflection and Discussion
Abortion Every human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for societ... READ MORE »
Human dignity comes from God, not from nationality, race, sex, economic status, or any human accomplishment. We jud... READ MORE »
“Our redemption has a social dimension because “God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person,... READ MORE »
“But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes gr... READ MORE »
Forgiveness and Mercy
“God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).... READ MORE »
Mental Health and Loneliness
So many people in our world are struggling with mental health issues, depression, anxiety, loneliness, hopelessness... READ MORE »
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