Dear Respect Life Coordinator:
There can be no such thing
as a "passive" pro-lifer. To be a pro-life is to
be for life and for all that enhances and beautifies human life.
To be pro-life is to believe that each human being, regardless of
his or her age, health, talents, limitations, or condition, deserves
total respect, loving care and the recognition and protection of
law and social policy.
ultimate reason for this conviction is that we know that regardless
of the surrounding circumstances, the gift of life comes from God
Himself and that each person is known, loved, and called by God
to the fullness of life in eternity. Even on a completely
secular level, however, civilization cannot long survive the tendency
of the intelligent to discount the slow; the strong to disregard
the weak; the influential to dismiss others as not having meaningful
lives. To be pro-life, then, is to be in harmony with the
eternal plan of the Creator and to be dedicated to preserving the
vision and rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and
in the U.S. Constitution.
As a pro-life representative,
yours is a special privilege. Yours will be a special role
in the Church's efforts to respond to the tragic and callous abuse
of human life, so common in our society, and to the corruption of
By inviting our brothers
and sisters to service and by seeking to use the talents of all
God's people to the best advantage, we are responding to the call
issued by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, by the Holy Father, and by
Christ Himself. We must work to provide better answers to
the sufferings of others rather than accept abortion, infanticide,
and euthanasia. Our constant concern must be to reach those
who either do not know of the crisis of our times or who are uninvolved.
If all things, our voice
must speak for the suffering; and we must work to change the laws
and policies of our society whenever they fail to protect innocent
human life from destruction and abuse. It must be our creed
that to do nothing is to join in the oppression of the defenseless.
There is always much to do: prayer,
education, personal service, volunteer work, and advocacy.
Each of us can do some or all of
these and we must. A sure sign of life is biological activity.
A clear indication of God's life in us is pro-life activity.
If you would like to receive
a handbook that is meant to be a guide and an inspiration, please
contact me at 504/834-5433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, as members of the Church, we will work to shape a compassionate
society founded on truth and justice.
For life, in His name,
Peggy F. Kenny, Executive Director