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Bishop Burbidge's statement on Respect Life Month

During the month of October, we join with dioceses across the country to mark Respect Life Month. We take as our theme this year “Christ Our Hope in Every Season of Life.” Our focus on hope is greatly needed in a world suffering the harmful consequences of a “throwaway culture.”   

May we take this month to renew our commitment to the sacredness of life at every stage; to creating a society where all human beings are welcomed; where abortion, euthanasia and suicide are unthinkable; and where the elderly, inmates, immigrants and those with disabilities are treated with dignity and respect.  

Our efforts to uphold the dignity of life must be rooted in prayer, advocacy and witness. We pray daily and fervently, trusting in the power of God to make all things new.

In a special way, the Church continues to shine the healing light of mercy on all men and women who have lost children through abortion. Project Rachel offers free, confidential, and compassionate support to all who seek Christ’s healing.

Our parishes also stand as beacons of hope as through the Gabriel Project they accompany expectant families in challenging pregnancies. Life-affirming help for those seeking to make adoption plans for their unborn children is available through Catholic Charities.

May Mary, our mother, intercede for us as we turn to God seeking His grace to be courageous and faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Life.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019