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Respect Life Month

October is designated by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops as Respect for Life Month. We are challenged to reflect on the sacredness of life and to have a respect for life from the moment of conception through natural death. Our respect for life at all stages calls us to have a consistent life ethic that opposes abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, and euthanasia and unjust war. These respect life issues are aspects of the large social teachings of our faith which challenge us to work for justice, peace and human development. The following are excerpts from the USCCB on Catholic Social Teaching.

Posted on September 28, 2017

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“Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least of these," the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist. 

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, "To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren" (no. 1397).

Catholic social teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about himself. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. God the Father sends his only Son Jesus Christ and shares the Holy Spirit as his gift of love. God reveals himself to us as one who is not alone, but rather as one who is relational, one who is Trinity. Therefore, we who are made in God's image share this communal, social nature. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice.

Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment.

Our commitment to the Catholic social mission must be rooted in and strengthened by our spiritual lives. In our relationship with God we experience the conversion of heart that is necessary to truly love one another as God has loved us “. USCCB

To help us as Good Shepherd Catholic Community to carry out the social teachings of our faith I would like to form a new Justice, Peace and Human Development Committee.  We had a Social Ministry Committee in the parish that hasn’t meet recently this new committee with a new name will be addressing similar issues.   This new committee with be involved in issues of justice, peace and addressing the root causes of poverty through advocacy and charity helping to alleviate the conditions of poverty and social injustice.

The newly formed Justice, Peace and Human Development Committee will meet on Thursday, October 19 at St. Patrick  Aurora rectory.  If you would like to be a member of this committee please call Father Bill at 315-364-7197. God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill

 

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