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The U.S. bishops set aside October as Respect Life Month, kicking off the year-long Respect Life Program, celebrated with special Masses, liturgies, Holy Hours and other initiatives and events. The bishops call upon Catholics and all people of goodwill across the nation to reflect on the sanctity of all human life and to work toward its protection.This year’s theme is “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation,” adapted from Pope Francis’ 2013 Day for Life greeting. This year’s Respect Life Program flyer explores the idea that each of us is a treasured work of art made by God’s hands:
Imagine yourself pausing in front of a design of great beauty. Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe.
If art, created by man, can evoke such a response within us, how much more is the same wonder, reverence and respect due to each person we encounter, who was handcrafted by the very God who spoke the world into being?
Now think of an artist stepping back from a great work of art and admiring his or her creation.
When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness.
Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other with the same wonder and awe.
No matter how the world might view us or others, let us treat each person as the masterpiece that he or she is.
“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect” (Pope Francis’ Day for Life Greeting).
Anne McGuire is Assistant Director of Education and Outreach for the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. Please visit www.usccb.org/respectlife to learn more about this year’s Respect Life Program.
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