Defending the dignity of all human life: October is Respect Life Month

The first Sunday of October (Oct. 3 this year) is observed as Respect Life Sunday.

As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its natural end, and at every point in between. During October, the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, a time in which we’re invited to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

This year, Respect Life Month, is closely connected with the celebration of the Year of St. Joseph. During this year, each of us can find in St. Joseph “an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble (PC, intro). Joseph shows us how to say “yes” to life, despite our fears and frailties. He was the true ‘miracle’ by which God saves the child, Jesus, and his mother” (PC, 5). May we, too, be miracles in the lives of those who are most in need at the beginning and end of life and everyplace in between. St. Joseph, defender of life, pray for us!