Respect Life, Marriage, & Religious Liberty

“There is nothing more powerful than prayer and fasting in the battle for true justice in our country. It is the hope of the bishops that these efforts will encourage real solidarity among all people who are standing for the precious gifts of life, marriage, and religious liberty.” – Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs, “The Bishop’s Voice: A Battle for True Justice,” The Colorado Catholic Herald, January 18, 2013.

To learn more about the Bishops’ Call to Prayer effort, which takes place every Friday and involves prayer and fasting, see www.usccb.org.

 

Healing after Abortion

Yesterday, January 22nd, marked the 44th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision which has led to the deaths of over 58 million pre-born babies. For those who have had abortion, God’s mercy and healing is an amazing gift for you and your loved ones.

Healing after Abortion Resources:

The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to participate in 9 Days for Life, January 21-29, an annual period of prayer and action cherishing the gift of life. We are encouraged to “pray, gather, and share” during this novena. Visit the USCCB website for more information.

End of Life

“The worst suffering of seriously ill people ‘is often not physical pain, which can be alleviated with competent medical care, but feelings of isolation & hopelessness.’” – 2016-16 Resource Guide, “Simple Supplements: Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End,” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

 

Adoption

“To women with an unplanned pregnancy, Maya* says, ‘This is survivable. Have hope.’” (*Name changed for privacy.) — “Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption,” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, www.goo.gl/srj6L3

PRAY: For parents placing their children for adoption: May they encounter the Father’s love through our words and actions.

 

Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month. Take some time to learn about how you can promote a respect for life. Perhaps begin with the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) web site. Then take a look at Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) and move on to Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP). You will find plenty of interesting articles.

Life, what a beautiful gift from our heavenly Father, a gift to be cherished, respected and protected…..always.

 

USCCB – Human Trafficking

Each year, an estimated 17,000 vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries and come to the United States to find a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare often begins when they reach our shores. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking program (ATP) mission is to educate people on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person, to advocate for an end to modern day slavery, and to provide training and technical assistance.

To view great articles and learn more, see http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/index.cfm.

 

Endowment for Human Development

Have you had the desire to learn more about the Catholic teaching on the Gospel of Life? A great resource can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website, entitled “Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities.”

In addition, you will find current news items and interesting articles! Please see www.usccb.org/prolife/pastoralplan.shtml to learn about all aspects of Life Issues. Did You Know? Just 22 days after conception, a human embryo’s heart begins beating. The little heart will beat nearly 54 Million times before he or she is born!

– the Endowment for Human Development, www.ehd.org

 

USCCB Religious Liberty Committee

“The threats to religious freedom are more subtle (in the West); many people don’t even perceive them …Whereas in other parts of the world…it’s bloody, violent, overt, but in both cases it’s a denial of the rights of conscience, it’s a denial of the fundamental freedom to relate to one’s own God.” — Most Reverend William E. Lori, Chairman USCCB Ad-Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty