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.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Life Issues Forum: How to Build a Culture of Life
This edition of the Life Issues Forum is available in English and Spanish, and has been posted to our website.
The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture of life. Columns may be reprinted as they appear here (in full and without alteration) without further permission.
The Pro-Life Secretariat
LIFE ISSUES FORUM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
How to Build a Culture of Life February 23, 2018
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may feel
helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do
we respond when our efforts seem small in the face of the culture of
To understand more fully how to defend and protect human
life, we must first consider who we are, at the deepest level. God
creates us in his image and likeness, which means we are made to be in
loving relationship with him. Changing the culture is a process of
conversion that begins in our own hearts.
The knowledge and realization of how deeply we are loved by
God elicits a response of love that simultaneously draws us closer to
Him and, at the same time, impels us to share his love with others. As
Christians, our identity and our mission are two sides of the same coin;
like the apostles, we are called to be missionary disciples. This
doesn't necessarily mean quitting our jobs or moving to foreign
countries. For most of us, our mission field is daily life.
We often measure ourselves by false standards: by what and
how much we do, our successes or failures, how others treat us, the
degree of our pleasure or independence, etc. And when these changeable
substitutes prove to be insufficient, or when we are faced with
challenges and suffering, we may feel helpless, alone, or abandoned; we
may be tempted to think our lives have decreased value or worth.But
God's love--personal, real, unchanging--is the true source of our worth,
identity, and dignity. It really is not a question of who we are, but
rather whose we are.
When someone is facing great trials, we need to meet them
where they are, walk with them on their journey, intercede for them, and
be open to sharing Christ's love however he directs.
When a woman becomes pregnant, and her boyfriend threatens to
leave if she continues the pregnancy, we need to lovingly walk with
her. When parents of young children need a break, we need to consider
how we can help and act on it. When family members or friends become
seriously ill, we need to assure them that God still offers them
something in this life, and they still have purpose. We need to
consistently be with them every step of the way.
Our lives are often changed by the witness of others; so too,
others' lives may be changed by our witness and authentic friendship
with them. Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times,
words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to
each person's heart; we simply need to follow where He leads.
Let us go, therefore, and not be afraid. God is always with us.
This issue of Life Issues Forum has been adapted and
shortened from "How to Build a Culture of Life," originally published by
the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in the 2017-2018 Respect
Life Program: www.usccb.org/culture-of-life.