Note: As we begin this year’s observance of Respect Life Month, our hearts are heavy with grief over Sunday’s events in Las Vegas. We echo USCCB President, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, who expressed , “My heart and my prayers, and those of my brother bishops and all the members of the Church, go out to the victims of this tragedy and to the city of Las Vegas.”
Respect Life Month - October 2017

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Intercession May God’s loving presence strengthen us to be not afraid.  
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

“My dear friends in Christ:

Once again, we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month. Looking back over the last year, there's been a lot of uncertainty, suffering, and heartache. Between tragedies that occur in the public eye and trials that take place in our personal lives, there's no shortage of reasons we cry out to God.

Excerpted from the
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Chair
USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities
At such times, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. But we have an anchor of hope to cling to. With words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, God says to us, ‘Do not fear: I am with you’ (Isaiah 41:10).

The 2017-2018 Respect Life theme, ‘Be Not Afraid,’ reminds us of this promise.

...There are times we may doubt the value of our own lives or falter at the thought of welcoming and embracing the life of another. But reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we can see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new. He is the God of redemption…” ( more )
Acts of Reparation  (Choose one.)

  • “Unplug” for some time this week praying in silence with a short reflection on the theme “Be Not Afraid.”

  • Who in your life is facing challenging times? Consider how you can bring them Christ’s comforting presence, and choose one or two simple ways to do so in the next couple weeks.

One Step Further

In these challenging times when respect for life is so often disregarded, how do we build a culture that cherishes all human life?

Read “ How to Build a Culture of Life ,” and share!

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Did You Know?

The NEW Respect Life materials from the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities are now available! They are suggested for use especially from October 2017 – September 2018, and are meant to help integrate the Gospel of Life throughout Catholic life, work, and ministry.

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