My dear Friends,
As we approach the annual celebration of Respect Life Month in October, our hearts and minds turn to the situation in our world today. There is so much unrest, so much controversy, so much turmoil. It would be easy to lose heart, to be discouraged, to be distracted in our quest for the respect of life at all its stages for everyone. No one must be excluded as we continue to fight the good fight for respect of life.
Of course, first on our list in promoting a true respect for life has to be the unborn. The child in the womb is the most vulnerable of all those for whom we must speak. Defenseless, left completely at the mercy of others, unable to speak up, the child in the womb — a gift from God, as are all children — depends on us. But we do not carry the torch for life on our own, unassisted. We have the Lord who has promised that He will be with us always. “Be Not Afraid: Behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20) This is the theme of the 2017 Respect Life Month. With that assurance, with that promise, with that hope, how can we not move forward and continue to speak for those who have no voice!
On Tuesday, Oct. 3 we will celebrate our annual Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in Covington at 7 p.m. I implore everyone — our lay faithful, our consecrated men and women religious, our deacons and our priests — to make a true effort to join us as we pray for a genuine respect for life at all its stages. So often we neglect to realize how many blessings are wrought by prayer.
Let us join our hearts and voices as we gather to pray that God’s most precious gift — the gift of life — will be respected and revered.
Be assured always of my prayers. Please, pray for me.
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington