BEFORE I MENTION ANYTHING ELSE, PLEASE GO VOTE BUT BEFORE YOU DO, LOOK UP THE CANDIDATES PERSONAL MORALS AND OPINIONS AND ON THE BALLOT QUESTIONS BE SURE TO LOOK UP WHAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY VOTING FOR. BE SURE THE CANDIDATE RESPECTS ALL LIFE, FROM CONCEPTION TO DEATH. BE SURE HE/SHE DID NOT VOTE OR TALK ABOUT APPROVING ASSISTED SUISIDE, PRO CHOICE, EUTHANASIA OR ANY OTHER KIND OF DISRESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE AND DIGNITY. BE SURE THE QUESTIONS AREN’T GIVING THE STATE PERMISSION TO DO SOMETHING YOU DON’T APPROVE OF, FOR INSTANCE, WHAT ARE THE BOND ISSUES FOR? BE SURE YOU DO VOTE TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. REMEMBER, YOU WILL BE VOTING ALL YOUR LIFE.
THE Catholic Church is well know for being “pro-life” However, we are not just talking about contraception and abortion. We believe GOD ALOONE IS THE LORD OVER LIFE AND DEATH.
Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. (catechism 2258)
God not only created us in his divine image (see Genesis 1:27), God also loves us profoundly. God’s plan offers us an eternal destiny. That love is made tangible in the Son of God, Jesus, who took on human flesh to bring us salvation through his life, death, and Resurrection. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we can become children of God.
Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and the same origin. Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity. (Catechism 1934)
The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights the flow from it. (Catechism 1935)
God’s Fifth Commandment should not be taken for granted. After all, it was given to us by the God of love, the Author of life: “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17). This command of God is a broad ban on killing human persons. Direct involvement or acting as an accomplice in a murder, suicide, abortion, or euthanasia, is forbidden. Further, while legitimate self-defense is excusable, the killing and maiming of unarmed civilians in wartime is not (see Catechism 2259-2283)
This right to life ethos extends to the spiritual and physical welfare of persons. On the spiritual side, we must care for the souls of others. We must not scandalize people or lead them to do evil.
Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”(Matt 18:6)Catechism 2285)
We must protect people from bodily harm through illicit scientific research or experimental practices that disregard the bodily integrity of a person. This protection extends to crime as well: kidnapping, hostage taking, terrorism, violence, torture, and violations or abuse against another’s body.(Catechism 2292-2298)
Concern for the physical welfare of persons equals respecting the health or other persons-treating it as a gift. This includes making sure people have sufficient food, housing, clothing, health care, basic education, employment or social assistance. It assures care for the sick, disabled, and elderly. It also protects people from the abuses of alcohol, drugs, and human trafficking. Any harmful endangerments to the human person must be avoided or prevented. (Catechism 2288-2291)
Finally, the sanctity of human life leads to offering care and respect for the dead. The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith, and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit (Catechism 2300)
CHRISTIAN ARE TO RESPECT HUMAN LIFE FROM ITS ORIGIN AT CONCEPTION TO THE NATURAL END OF A PERSON’S LIFE ON EARTH–IT’S A WAY OF LIFE, FROM THE WOMB TO THE TOMB.
Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.(Catechism 2319)
__________________________________________________-Written by Pat Gohn (taken from the Catholic Digest, Oct. 2014) Pat Gohn is the author of BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, AND BODACIOUS: CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF CATHOLIC WOMANHOOD.
AGAIN, GO VOTE: THE PEOPLE WE PUT IN OFFICE WILL DECIDE THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY, WHICH IN TURN WILL DECIDE IF HUMAN LIFE WILL BE PROTECTED FROM CONCEPTION UNTIL DEATH. And truthfully, right now, there is very little respect for human life in this Country.
God bless you all.