This Sunday is dedicated to Respect Life issues and efforts. The theme of Respect Life Sunday this year is “Moved by Mercy,” and is built upon Pope Francis’ quote “We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us.” In this year of mercy, the Holy Father reminds us that God’s love is expressed through His mercy upon us. No matter how we have done in receiving that mercy, we are assured that God forgives us. Once forgiven, we are then sent to care for others by being merciful to them. What better expression of being merciful is there than respecting the lives of others, knowing that, as the Pope reminds us, each person “has a place in God’s heart from all eternity.” May God help you to treat each person with merciful love and respect that affirms the gift of his or her life.
we see life cheapened every day
through abortion and other forms of abuse,
through terrorism, and other acts of violence,
and through neglect of children, the poor, and the elderly.
In a world of plenty, we can forget
that there is nothing more precious than human life.
Give us the grace to see how we can make a difference,
and encourage change in our culture.
When we are discouraged,
remind us of the Catholic monk Telemachus
who stopped the gladiator games with an act of charity.
Inspire us with the stories of Mary
and other mothers of unexpected pregnancies,
who knew that every child is a gift of God's grace
and is wanted by you in this world.
Encourage conviction in the hearts of those
who do not yet know or understand
that a desire for choice is no reason to end any life
and that you desire that all life
come only to a natural end in you.
Note from Father Jason
October 1, 2016