Each year materials are purchased for each parish and school by the Diocese of Superior’s Respect Life Office, in order to assist clergy, principals, directors of religious education, teachers, catechists and parents in teaching adults, youth and children to respect all human life.
Respect for Life is More than Protecting the Unborn
The Diocese of Superior is working hard to dispel one of the misconceptions people have about respecting life – that it only applies to the unborn. Certainly, much of our work is devoted to protecting the most innocent lives from abortion, but our respect for life doesn’t – it can’t! – stop with them.
Consider the respect life dimension in other areas of our society: human trafficking, immigration, welfare, prisons, homelessness, abuse, addiction, pornography, bullying, video games, music and the television industry. Our culture glamorizes violence, and it doesn’t hesitate to treat people as objects. All this occurs within a context that selfishly asks, “What’s in it for me?”
Lack of Respect for Others
Little by little, society has allowed the lack of respect for one another to become “normal” in our culture. We might say, “It’s not a big deal,” when children don’t learn “please” and “thank you,” or when children express “attitude” to adults and those in authority, or when foul language is considered part of the vernacular. Each time we have taken the “It’s no big deal” stance, we, as a society, have become more desensitized to respecting others.
Light in the Darkness
Even though it seems like our culture is dark and gloomy, there is a light in the darkness and that light is God. No amount of darkness can overcome this light and love. We need to pray for one another and to ask God how you and I can rebuild a culture of life in our society. God is the author of all life – from beginning to end. Each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God; each and every person deserves respect. Let us stand together as sons and daughters of God and shine His light every day in all we do for His honor and glory.
Deb Lieberg, Respect Life Coordinator of the Diocese of Superior.