October is Respect Life Month, and so we observe the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday. I thought this would be an appropriate time to share a reflection with you from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (https://www.usccb.org/resources/respect-life-program-reflection-2020-2021). I encourage you to read this and use it in your personal prayer as we all continue to pray that, in place of the culture of death that seems to surround us, a culture of life may grow and thrive so that the way we treat the least of our brothers and sisters can glorify God each day.
Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II wrote that the Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ saving message to the world (Evangelium vitae 1). In taking on human flesh, dwelling among us, and sacrificing his very life for our redemption, Christ reveals the profound dignity of every human person. This God-given dignity does not change with our stage of life, abilities, level of independence, or any other varying circumstance.
Rather, it is rooted in the permanent fact that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, created to share in the very life of God himself. The human person is a “manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (EV 34). And we must reflect this truth in how we act and how we treat one another.
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