Respect Life

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” [Jeremiah, 1:5] 

Those ten words show that the unborn child has a soul. Notice how God doesn’t say “knew of you” meaning that He knows the idea of the person but just “knew you” meaning that God knew the child personally and if He knew the child, before the child was conceived, then the child is a person whom God knows well and if the child is a person, then the child has a soul. If they, from the earliest moment of life, have the same unalienable rights as us for the soul, then don’t they also have the rights of all human beings to live life?
Then who but God has the right to take the life of an innocent soul?

St. John Henry Newman once said, “God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his—if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in the chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.”

This holds true for all of us and it’s why we shouldn’t rashly end our life through euthanasia or the lives of the unborn through abortion. 

Let me close with this prayer:


God to glorify, 

Jesus to imitate,

 The Blessed Virgin

 and the Saints to venerate,

 The Angels to invoke,

 A soul to save, 

A body to mortify, 

Sins to expiate, 

Virtues to acquire, 

Hell to avoid, 

Heaven to gain, 

Eternity to prepare for, 

Time to profit by, 

Neighbors to edify, 

The world to despise, 

Devils to combat, 

Passions to subdue, 

Death perhaps to suffer, 

And Judgement to undergo.

Joseph D.

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