UNBORN WORD of the day


THE PEOPLE OF LIFE AND FOR LIFE
February 9, 2008, 1:31 am
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

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The people of life and for life‘, that is the way John Paul II describes the Church in his prophetic Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae; The Gospel of Life. This identifying phrase runs through the Letter, appearing about ten times. According to John Paul this is a distinct and powerful charism of the Church in our time and must continue to be. As we have mentioned before in our UNBORNWORDoftheday, John Paul was not ashamed or embarrassed to identify himself, along with the Church, as “Pro-Life“. In fact, he used this term a number of times in The Gospel of Life with dignity, honor and conviction.

“We are the people of life because God, in his unconditional love, has given us the Gospel of life and by this same Gospel we have been transformed and saved.” #79

“To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, and work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love.” #6

“The ‘people of life‘ rejoices in being able to share its commitment with so many others. Thus may the ‘people for life’ constantly grow in number and may a new culture of love and solidarity develop for the true good of the whole of human society.” #101

“To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop.” #101


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