The month of October is Respect Life Month. The Bishops of the United States have designated that October should be the month when Catholics throughout the nation work to promote greater respect for all human life. This year’s theme is “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation,” adapted from Pope Francis’ 2013 Day for Life greeting.
Imagine yourself pausing in quiet wonder in front of a beautiful piece of art. Now think of the artist who created that masterpiece with painstaking care and precision, stepping back to admire his work. Each of us is a masterpiece, created by God with purpose and tenderness. We are each loved so intensely and are each of such great worth that cannot even comprehend it. Pope Francis, who has captivated the world with his humility and compassion, shows through his actions that “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.” (2013 Day of Life Greeting)
The Lord is inviting us to respond. We are called to act, not with anxiety or with doubt, but with confident trust in and dependence on God. We are called to care for ourselves and for others. We are each called to witness, in our own way, to the powerful and life-transforming love of Christ and to the respect and reverence that is due each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.”
To this end, locally we have an opportunity to join the National Life Chain today, Sunday, October 5, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the intersection of Routes 9 and 47 in Rio Grande. Donations for both the Hope Pregnancy Centers in Rio Grande and Ocean City can be made at the Life Chain.
May we never tire of promoting human life in all its stages from the moment of conception till its natural end. For we are all His masterpieces!