Respect Life, Dignity, and Justice for all God’s People
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah 1:4
During Respect Life Month (October), focus on respecting life, dignity, and justice for the born and unborn. What will you do when you see life, dignity, and justice threatened?
- Threats to human life include abortion, reproductive technology, euthanasia, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, the death penalty, war, the environment (Creation), and more.
- Threats to human dignity include poverty, hunger, homelessness, work without living wages, unaffordable medical care, and more.
God loves each human life from the instant of conception. God entrusts the gifts of life, dignity, and justice to our protection as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and neighbors.
Abortion ends the life of an unborn child. It offends God and wounds the men and women involved.
Read! Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Abortion. See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-Abortion.
- How do you respect God and life as a steward of human life?
Human reproductive technology and human embryonic stem cell research ends the life of more unborn humans than abortion. It offends God, takes Him out of creation of human life, and wounds the men and women involved.
Read! Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Reproductive Technology and Stem Cell Research. See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-IVF and https://tinyurl.com/CST-StemCell
Execution ends the life of a human being. The Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and our U.S. and Texas Bishops are against execution.
- God's view is in scripture (He didn't kill Cain after the murder of Abel ... and God actually protected Cain … Genesis 4).
- Jesus halted an execution (John 8:1-11).
- Read! Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Execution. See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-Execution
Poverty, homelessness, and hunger affect the life and dignity of tens of millions of human beings every single day – mostly because of human injustice.
Read! Learn more about Catholic Teaching on life, dignity, and justice. See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-Overview
- Scripture has over 2,000 verses about poverty, oppression, and injustice.
- Jesus focused on the vulnerable and outcasts, with whom He walked, talked, taught, comforted, healed, and fed.
- Jesus lived in solidarity with the poor.
There are many other Human Life, Dignity, and Justice Issues that we must work on with our Bishops. Jesus’ work to build God’s Kingdom on earth continues -- a just society living in holiness.
If you are performing works of charity and mercy now, what more can you do?
- Work for justice in God’s Kingdom on Earth!
- Participate in Respect Life events in the bulletin.
- Join the Social Justice Ministry to help solve root causes of injustice (Robert Torres at SocialJustice@gscc.net ).