Growing in respect for all of life
In his pastoral visit to the United States in 2008, Pope Benedict encouraged American Catholics to be clear in our beliefs, act consistently with them, and be animated in our efforts to transform our culture.
“The proclamation of life, life in abundance, must be the heart of the new evangelization,” said Pope Benedict in his homily at St. Patrick Cathedral. “For true life - our salvation - can only be found in the reconciliation, freedom and love which are God’s gracious gift.”
“Therefore,” he continued, “the Church … is called to proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and to promote a culture of life. … This is the message of hope we are called to proclaim and embody in a world where self-centeredness, greed, violence, and cynicism so often seem to choke the fragile growth of grace in people’s hearts.”
Our Holy Father urged us to let our daily prayer to the Father - “Thy Kingdom come!” - bear fruit in the way we lead our lives and build up our families and communities. He added: “Praying fervently for the coming of the Kingdom … means overcoming every separation between faith and life, and countering false gospels of freedom and happiness. It also means rejecting a false dichotomy between faith and political life.”
Through the sacraments and meditative prayer, we can rediscover the truth and joy of Christian life fully lived for God and for others. By letting the love of Jesus Christ permeate our lives and actions in defense of our vulnerable brothers and sisters, we can transform our nation, building a culture where all people can again hope and trust in life!
Click here to read Cardinal Rigali’s reflection: “Where do we go from here: the challenge of building culture of life.”
Click here to read: “Why you matter: a reflection on human dignity.”
Click on the following links to learn more about the Church’s teaching on these important issues, and to find out how you can help to respect life.
· Assisted Suicide
· Death Penalty
· Human Cloning
· Embryo / Fetal Research
· End of Life Issues / Euthanasia
· Environmental Issues
· Health Care
· Human Rights
· Immigration Reform
· Stem Cell Research
The Church’s teaching on life issues is rooted in its Catholic Social Teaching. Click here to learn more about the 7 key themes that are at the heart of the Church’s social tradition.
Click here for Prayers for Life.