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Statement from Bishop Burbidge on Respect Life Month 2020

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October is traditionally observed in the Church across the United States as Respect Life Month. During this month, we pause and give thanks for the gift of human life.  

This year’s theme, “Live the Gospel of Life,” reminds us that authentic discipleship means choosing to see and serve Christ in all people, especially the unborn, the aged, the infirmed, the poor and the most vulnerable. May we continue to spread the Gospel of Life through the witness of our lives and always seek to do our part as God's holy family to proclaim consistently and courageously his truth in love. 

This year, we also have the opportunity to take direct action in supporting the unborn and vulnerable by bringing our convictions with us into the voting booth. By participating in the political process as faithful citizens, we can give voice to the voiceless and remind our society that life is the foundation upon which all other rights are based. 

We know that many suffer the pain caused by abortion. Especially at this time, I invite anyone who might be suffering the agony and aftermath of abortion to join our confidential Project Rachel ministry so that they may move forward with hope and healing.

Strengthened by our prayer, together in the light of Christ, I ask Mary our Mother to keep us all under her mantle as we seek to live the Gospel of Life with hope and joy.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020