Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
9 Days for Life: January 20 Day 5: For an End to the Use of the Death Penalty
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DAY FIVE: January 20, 2016
an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory
Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are
conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate
him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every person,
including those whose actions have been despicable. Our faith and hope is in the
mercy of God who says to us, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown
mercy” (Mt 5:7) and “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). As Christians we
are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater
and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy.
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
a room in your house without being asked or without telling anyone. Pray for
your family members while you clean, “[a]nd your Father who sees in secret will
repay you” (Matthew 6:6).
about a Church teaching you don’t understand in the Catechism.
an honest assessment of your “giving finances”—are you giving too little? Make
a resolution to give a set weekly or monthly donation to your parish or
favorite local charity.
One Step Further For
some people who are committed to upholding the sanctity of human life, the
death penalty can present a challenge. Properly understood, however, Catholic
teaching against the death penalty is both persuasive and eminently pro-life. Find
out why in "Life Matters: A Catholic Response to the Death Penalty."
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