TRUE HUMAN DIGNITY MEANS RESPECT FOR ALL HUMAN LIFE

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.

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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.

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RESPECT FOR LIFE MONTH

I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE COUNTRY, BUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS CELEBRATING RESPECT FOR LIFE THIS MONTH. This not only means we are pro-life when it comes to abortion, murder of the unborn child, or when it comes to assisted suicide or when it comes to euthanasia or killing of the elderly, etc. but we are talking about RESPECTING ALL LIFE, FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH. ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS. The Bible says, God knows our name before we were conceived and He has a plan for each of us.

Our priest gave a wonderful sermon 2 weeks ago which I meant to write up right while I still remembered most of it, but that did not happen. Now, this is the important part that I remember.

WE WILL NOT END THE DISREPECT FOR LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY UNTIL WE START RESPECTING OURSELVES. EACH ONE OF US HAS TO RESPECT OURSELVES AND OUR BODIES AS IF GOD MADE US AND IS WITH US ALL THE TIME. WHICH HE IS. WE ALSO NEED TO RESPECT EACH AND EVERY OTHER PERSON FOR THE SAME REASON. Until each and every one of us starts treating ourselves and every other person as a CHILD OF GOD, WITH RESPECT, nothing is this country or the world for that mater, is going to change.

The Women I have heard speak, who have abortions, say that it is usually out of desperation or because they know of no other alternative. There are other alternatives, and there has to be a way to help each and every one find them. Assisted suicide is also out of desperation and pain. Pain which with good care, could be eliminated until natural death. It seems to me it is often others who do not want to see their loved one suffer, who offer that solution. Usually there are other ways to alleviate pain. To not help an older person or disabled person to live comfortably until the end of their time, by not providing the necessary help or treatment is just plain murder. Is our Country coming to this????

MOST OF US ARE PRO LIFE WHEN IT COMES TO OURSELVES, why not for the helpless unborn and everyone else? I AGREE WITH THE PRIEST, WE MUST START RESPECTING EACH AND EVERY OTHER PERSON. AS JESUS SAID: “love your neighbor as yourself”. However that is hard to do when a person has no love or respect for their own selves. AND THAT IS WHERE WE MUST START TO CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY.

LOVE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD, GOD DOES NOT MAKE JUNK, HE HAS WONDERFUL PLANS FOR YOU AND HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO OR HOW YOU LOOK. THEN LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF, FOR THE SAME REASON.

LET US MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS COUNTRY, LET IT START WITH EACH OF US AND PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

THE IMAGES EVOKED BY THE LORD’S prayer vividly illustrate our life. Humanity stands or falls by the things that are mentioned in it. If this is realized we can begin to make progress. If it is not realized, or not taken seriously, we sink and decline. that is the real key to the GRIM PICTURE OF LIFE TODAY. And this phrase, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, teaches us to pray for the worthy ideal for the unassailable, holy, venerated standard. Unless they have something of supreme value, something at the center of their being which they can venerate, human beings gradually deteriorate. Human nature is so constituted that it must have something holy that it can worship, otherwise, it becomes cramped and distorted, and instead of a holy object of veneration something else will take its place…l
The WORD OF GOD should evoke and receive the great veneration this phrase suggests, praise, reverence, awe. This effects the realization of those fundamental categories of life I referred to just now. The NAME OF GOD is the HOLY OF HOLIES, THE CENTRAL SILENCE, THE THING THAT ABOVE ALL OTHERS CALLS FOR HUMBLE APPROACH. We not only ought to believe in the truth at the center of our being, in the purpose of our existence, but we should also bear testimony to this belief by the proper fulfillment of our life’s purpose. We should subjugate everything to this law of holiness and reject everything that does not harmonize with it. GOD, THE GREAT OBJECT OF HUMAN VENERATION, WILL THEN ALSO BE OUR WHOLE LIFE.
By: Father Alfred Delp, S.J. (d1945) was a German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany.

When I read this I saw our Country today. Is it not true that the farther this Country goes from God the more we sink and decline? Since the majority of the people in this Country do not worship anyone but themselves and anything except what they themselves want, are we not deteriorating? The only solution I can see is more prayer for our Country and it’s people, that they will eventually turn back to God.

PRAYER: When we say the Our Father, we must mean every word: OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.

God bless you all, Pray for this Country that it’s people will turn back to Jesus Christ our Lord.

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER

POPULAR PIETY ENCOMPASSES MANY FORMS OF DEVOTION TO THE GUARDIAN ANGELS. Saint Basil the Great, (died 378) taught that “each and every member of the faithful has a Guardian Angel to protect, guard, and guide them through life.” This ancient teaching was consolidated by biblical and patristic sources and lies behind many forms of piety. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (died 1153) was a great master and a notable promoter of devotion to the Guardian Angels. For him, they were a proof “that heaven denies us nothing that assists us,” and hence, “these celestial spirits have been placed at our sides to protect us, instruct us, and to guide us.” MAGNIFICAT

IF YOU HAVE NOT TAUGHT YOUR CHILDREN THE GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER, PLEASE DO, IT IS A COMFORT TO THEM TO KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT.

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GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER: ANGEL OF GOD, MY GUARDIAN DEAR, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.

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Children will say this to remember that they are not alone. The reason we give this prayer to children is because the heart of a child is willing to accept unconditionally the truth. It is a promise that will grow in their soul and yours. It will remind you and your child that YOU ARE HIS CHILD. He will guild and protect you. He is your Father and your Shepherd. He will light your path and the path of your child and bring you home to the little voice you long to hear.

THE WOMEN WHO SERVED

“IN THE SOCIETY IN WHICH YOU WILL LIVE, you will have an intellectual duty to perform that is more important than ever. YOU OUGHT TO BE A WOMAN OF REAL WORTH, WELL EDUCATED, WITH YOUR MIND OPEN TO EVERY ARGUMENT FROM OUTSIDE. You ought to know how to discern among incoherent and varying ideas and systems that which is true or fruitful in each. The Fathers of the Church said that each of these systems contained ‘the soul of truth” that most never be allowed to die. Never be put off by words and always go beyond appearances. In this patient search for the truth and a habit of fairness that we ought to have toward others and their ideas, we need integrity of mind, clear judgment, and solid learning. You will gradually acquire these things, and you will do so more easily YOUR CONVICTIONS BECOME MORE CONSCIOUSLY DEVELOPED…..
DEVOTIONAL practices ought never to be anything other than the manifestation of what lies in one’s depths. We must first thoroughly grasp the truth that such practices help to enliven within. So, too, we must grasp the harmony of the Church as a whole, THE VITALITY AND POWER OF CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS, AND THE MORAL AND SOCIAL VALUE OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE”.

Sound like this was written this year? Wouldn’t we love to tell our daughters to develop in this way? Ask them to develop integrity of mind, clear judgment, and solid learning? Protestant and non-denominational mothers might say “THE MORAL AND SOCIAL VALUE OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE, but the thought is the same. Well, surprise, this was written by ELISABETH LESEUR, who died in 1914, and was a French married laywoman who is being considered for Sainthood. I believe she organized women to go out into society to help people and spread the word of Jesus Christ. Perhaps someone could look up her name and find out just what she did. So in 1914, women were asked to face the same thing our daughters and granddaughters are facing now.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY: GRACE, mercy, and peace be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son in truth and love. Amen (2 Jn 3)