In 2005, the future Pope Francis said that caring for life from the beginning to the end is a beautiful thing. “Go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.” As Pope, he said it is necessary to “raise awareness and form the lay faithful” so that they may think and act in accord with the Gospel while working with others to combat the “throwaway culture” whose victims are “the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc.”
Plenty of opportunities exist for us to follow the Holy Father’s advice to raise awareness in our culture and to form ourselves in the Gospel of Life.
These annual life events in Raleigh have passed, but why not plan to attend next year? The Love My Life Youth Rally is for Catholic teens to celebrate together, connect with others, and learn more about living and promoting the pro-life culture. The faithful of any age can attend the Diocesan Respect Life Mass. After Mass, all are encouraged to join in the NC Rally and March for Life to offer witness to the sanctity of human life.
You might want to take part in the North Carolina Mass and National March for Life on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. This year, over 30 buses from our diocese are expected to make the trip. It starts with a Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 11:30 a.m. The march on the mall follows, joining with people from across the United States. For more information go to http://dioceseofraleigh.org/offices/human-life-and-dignity/calendar.
If you can’t make it to a rally or march, participate in the 9 Days for Life novena! The nine days of prayer covers topics spanning the range of life issues. Each day’s prayer guide focuses on a different intention and is comprised of five short sections: Intercession, Prayers, Reflection, Acts of Reparation and One Step Further. You can sign up to receive daily prayers via email, text or an app. You can also access the novena for each day on the website or simply print out the novena for use at any time. Go to this link at the US bishops website:
Look here for more opportunities next week.