10-07-2018 The Right to Life


Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
October 7, 2018 - RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"If we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
THE RIGHT TO LIFE

How do you promote and support the “right to life”?

All life is a gift from God. Catholicism teaches that all human life begins at conception and that the “right to life” continues from conception until natural death. The “right to life” is the “most basic of all human rights.” As a result, "We must begin with a commitment never to intentionally kill, or collude in the killing, of any innocent human life, no matter how broken, unformed, disabled or desperate that life may seem" (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 21).

The Church teaches that “some behaviors are always wrong, always incompatible with our love of God and the dignity of the human person. Abortion, the direct taking of innocent human life prior to birth, is always morally wrong, as is the deliberate destruction of human embryos for any reason.” The victims of abortion “are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family.”

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade in 1973 that a state may lawfully prohibit an abortion only after the fetus is considered to be “viable” (usually around 24 weeks of pregnancy) “except where it is necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.” Since Roe v. Wade, more than sixty million innocent lives have been intentionally aborted in the United States under the banner of “pro-choice.” To continue to promote or support “pro-choice,” or to fail to challenge it, is to acquiesce to the continuing, intentional killing of millions of more innocent, human lives.

There are a variety of reasons or concerns expressed about why women choose to obtain an abortion such as not wanting children, risks of pregnancy, being a single parent, their age, fear of a child being born deformed or with some debilitating disease, disabling mental or physical impairment, or for other socio-economic or personal reasons. We cannot and should not minimize the reality of these concerns to women who are contemplating having an abortion.

We are called to pray for, support, and give hope to those facing the choice of whether to undergo an abortion. We must pray for the souls of the aborted lives. We are also called to pray for those mothers, fathers and other family members who suffer and grieve from the loss of life due to an abortion. We must also stand ready to offer forgiveness, mercy, and healing to those women and men who have participated in an abortion.

God’s ways are not our ways. We are called to trust that God’s plan to give life has purpose and meaning, even though we may not yet know what this purpose is..
Reflect on Your Experience
How can you best help someone now who is contemplating an abortion? 
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia

Videos
"The Miracle of Life"

"When Does Human Life Begins"

"A Project Rachel Story"

"Post-Abortive Mother Finds Healing from Project Rachel"
Music
"Here With You"

"When Life Gets Broken"

"Only My Jesus"
Other Resources
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) - Pope John Paul II, 1995

"Living the Gospel of Life - A Challenge to American Catholics" (USCCB)

"Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities" (USCCB)

"Post-Abortion Healing" - Resources (USCCB)

"Hope After Abortion"

"Roe v. Wade - Questions and Answers" (USCCB)

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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