Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Sunday is Respect Life Sunday and the month is devoted to the development of human life for the most vulnerable and needy. As stewards of our Father’s creation, we share in His power to give life and preserve it from its inception to its natural end.
This past week Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Chairman of the Pro-Life Activities for the Bishops’ Conference, repeated Pope Benedict’s words in England emphasizing the power of sacrificial love and prayer to transform lives and thus better our society:
“Because we are created in the image of God, who is Love, our identity and vocation is to love sacrificially for the sake of others. Pope Benedict XVI has called this ’the key to [our] entire existence.’ In a homily during his recent visit to the United Kingdom, Pope Benedict reminded us that ‘our hearts can easily be hardened by selfishness, envy and pride,’ and that ‘pure and generous love is the fruit of a daily decision.’ Every day, he reminded us, ‘we have to choose to love.’ In our homes, schools, workplaces, and in public, if we constantly witness to the inestimable worth and dignity of each human life through a loving concern for the good of others, if we allow the dignity of every human life to guide the decisions we make as voters and public policy advocates, we can surely succeed in creating a more just and humane society.
Our efforts, of course, must always be undergirded with prayer—the silent space for personal daily prayer that allows us to hear God’s voice deep in our hearts, and communal prayer that asks God to transform our culture into one that welcomes every human person.’
If you were unable to join the Life Chain on East Market Street this Saturday, sponsored by local churches and the Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, you can still join in today -Oct.3- at the Courthouse in Ravenna, Ohio from 2:30-3:30pm. It is an opportunity to unite communities in silent prayer and be a peaceful witness to the sanctity of life.
Please consider how you or your family can give witness to the respect you hold for God’s gift of life. Let us thank God for the gift of one another. Peace, Fr. Dan