October is Respect Life Month
The USCCB is promoting their Respect Life resources during the month of October which is being observed as Respect Life Month. Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York Offered the following statement
Building a culture of life isn’t something we just do one month of the year, or with one event or initiative—it’s essential to who we are. It happens through our daily actions, how we treat one another, and how we live our lives.
How do we respond when our aging parents are in failing health? Do they know how much we love them and cherish each day given? Do we ensure they know they are never a burden to us? In our own challenging times, do we ask for support? When others offer a helping hand, do we receive it? When our friend becomes pregnant in difficult circumstances, do we show compassion that tangibly supports her and helps her welcome the life of her new little one?
Sometimes, we may not be sure exactly what to do, but let’s not allow the fear of doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong thing keep us from living out our missionary call. We don’t need to have everything figured out all at once. Let’s remember the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).
The USCCB website also offered the following Acts of Reparation and suggests that we choose one of the following actions:
- “Unplug” for some time this week praying in silence with a short reflection on the theme “Be Not Afraid.”
- Who in your life is facing challenging times? Consider how you can bring them Christ’s comforting presence, and choose one or two simple ways to do so in the next couple weeks.
- This month, spend an hour with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. (held at Notre Dame Parish after the 12:05 Mass on Monday afternoons).
One Step Further:
In these challenging times when respect for life is so often disregarded, how do we build a culture that cherishes all human life? Read “How to Build a Culture of Life,” and share! (Order: English / en español)