My dear Friends in Christ,
Life at all its stages, at every age, is sacred and is in the hands of God. God gives life and no one has the right to take it away. God is its source, its author, its sustainer.
October is ordinarily dedicated to the respect for life. It seems strange, doesn’t it, that we would have to set aside a special time to observe life at all it stages, at every age. But the truth of the matter is that we live in a culture of death, a throw-away culture; a culture that says when someone or something is no longer of use to us; or when someone or something distracts us from living as we want to live; or when someone or something makes demands on us, then we just dispose of it! We live in a culture of death, a culture of selfishness, a culture of self-centeredness.
October is also observed as the month of the Most Holy Rosary. Why not pair the two this year and pray the rosary every day of October with the intention for the preservation of life. Pray for all those who are tempted to treat life as disposable. Pray for all those who do not respect life, who see life as cheap and not as a sacred gift from God.
My friends, if the culture of death is ever going to be changed into a culture of life, it is going to take all of us to work together, to pray together, to fight together. May the Lord continue to bless our efforts and may this work that the Lord has begun in us be brought to completion!
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington