The Gospel of Life

January 18, 2018

The following is my weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard HS parent community:

I shared this message with our students on Monday morning:

Today begins pro-life week, which includes the March for Life in Washington, DC on Friday and ends with pro-life activities in downtown Indianapolis next Monday, on the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision which legalized abortion in the United States.

What does it mean to be pro-life?

So often when we think of “pro-life” we limit our thoughts to the anti-abortion fight and the protection of the unborn. This is, of course, a critical issue deserving of our prayers and action. The rights of the unborn must be protected.

However, the gospel of life calls us to pray for, and fight for, the sanctity of all human life. Pope Francis has repeatedly called us to “defend human life at every stage of its development.”

That means promoting adoption as a loving, beautiful option.

It means exploring ways to feed the hungry, and putting an end to gun violence.

It means supporting immigrants seeking safety and searching for a better life, an end to exclusion and economic inequality, and an appreciation and respect for those of a different race, religion, ethnicity, or culture.

It means working toward an elimination of the death penalty, and care for the imprisoned.

It means protecting the rights of the elderly, and creating jobs for the unemployed,

To be pro-life means we are concerned with any social injustice occurring throughout the world.

As we begin the recognition of pro-life week, I encourage you to pray for the preservation and sanctity of all human life.

Are you doing everything you can to be actively pro-life?


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