Growing in respect for all of life

We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.
— U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001

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!