Life

“The right to life is the first among human rights.”—Pope Francis

Because God created every person in His image and likeness, human life is sacred and has intrinsic, immutable dignity from the moment of conception until natural death.  Our Catholic faith calls us to speak out on behalf of the most vulnerable among us and to advocate against policies that violate the dignity of the human person

Our local advocacy efforts on the life issues include:  abortion, assisted suicide, maternal healthcare.

A Prayer for Life by John Paul II

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,

Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life

Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

Taken from Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical, “The Gospel of Life” (www.vatican.va)

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