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Updated on October 2, 2011

Respect for Life

We have designated the month of October as Respect for Life month. This Sunday, let us reflect on the theme: “We are bearers and promoters of the Gospel of Life.” But what is the Gospel of Life? If we are to put in a nutshell, the Gospel of Life is no other than the Gospel of LOVE. I believe that our own conception of LOVE is very crucial especially in the way we see LIFE as a whole. But then again, we ask the question what is LOVE? I have mentioned some interesting definitions of love coming from 4-8 years old kids in one of my children’s Masses here at St. Clement. To those who have heard it, pardon me for telling you this once again. Let us hear these definitions:

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."

"Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt."

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

Interesting definitions aren’t they? But as Christians, we define love as the “total giving of oneself to another.” Take note of the word “total” – it means whole and entire, not half or just a portion of it or with conditions but ONE. In fact, the Bible tells us that when a man and woman come together in marriage, they no longer become two but one! The late Pope John Paul II would often mention “total self-givingin most of his writings on life - the very same phrase that’s evidenced by God’s love for man. If we understand such a concept, it would be much easier for us to understand why we should respect life; why couples should not resort to contraception; to abortion; to euthanasia; to death penalty for such issues undermine life itself as they inhibit us from giving ourselves totally to the other person. Total self-giving is fruitful, life-giving, and life-sustaining. Let us exercise our capacity to love by being promoters and bearers of the Gospel of LIFE, the Gospel of LOVE.

This Sunday as Action Response, we invite all our parishioners to take an active part in the Catholic Legislative Network. The bishops of California have established this state-wide network. Every parish in every diocese in the state will be encouraging people like you and me to join the network… and become together a strong, clear VOICE FOR LIFE AND DIGNITY IN CALIFORNIA. We will watch a video that quickly explains the Catholic Legislative Network, and then I will walk to you through the process of registration. (Watch the video below)…

Catholic Legislative Network

To be a good Catholic one must be a good citizen; and a good citizenship demands participation. Our Church teaches that we are to “participate” in the decisions that affect our lives and the lives of our communities. The bishops believe that numbers matter and that if thousands of us are engaged writing e-mails to our elected officials, we will make a difference.

Joining the network simply means that you will receive a weekly information bulletin called insights that will help you understand what is happening in our state, and periodic Action Alerts during the legislative session that ask you to participate by sending an e-mail to your elected officials. It is all made very simple for you and with a few clicks on your computer; you will have communicated your thoughts on important issues.

Here’s what to do. Check the website link below to register online. Please fill out the card printing very carefully the information that is requested. It is extremely important that your e-mail address be printed legibly. Your registration is useless if the e-mail address cannot be read. Please fill out the cards right and place them in the collection baskets.


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    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      It is amazing the various wrong ways we try to define this word "Love" in out lives. "Love is never having to say you are sorry."