Expressing Care at a Distance

Posted by Tom Eggleston on Apr 3, 2020 10:01:40 AM

For nearly a decade I’ve coordinated a dedicated and deeply faithful group of parishioners who visit the sick and homebound of our faith community. Whenever a new volunteer worries that she or he lacks the knowledge to be a minister to the homebound, I advise them to trust in the importance of their presence. When visitation ministers fear they don’t know how to console, I assure them that their mere presence conveys caring and love—words are secondary to presence.

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Topics: Pastoral Care for the Sick, human dignity, parish life, community, COVID-19 Resources

Free Resource for Teachers: Teaching Human Dignity

Posted by Christina Leblang on Apr 1, 2020 2:19:00 PM

Last year, the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity launched a new offering, Teaching Human Dignity. The Teaching Human Dignity series is a one-of-a-kind collection of units/lesson plans, curriculum resources, and expert guides that empowers teachers to incorporate life and human dignity issues into existing curriculum. These resources are meant to be used in traditional academic disciplines, such that students are formed to recognize the worth of the human person while discussing poetry, analyzing historical events, or learning about biology. 

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Topics: human dignity, teaching resources, downloadable resources, Office of Life and Human Dignity, COVID-19 Resources

Forming Witnesses through Pro-Life Teaching Resources

Posted by Colleen Halpin on Jan 31, 2020 2:46:32 PM

When I first started brainstorming how to teach the topic of human dignity to my eleventh-grade Morality class, I was eager but intimidated. Covering the topic of abortion was a must, but when I sat down to think about how I could cover the topic in a nuanced and compassionate, yet firmly pro-life manner, I was stumped. Many questions flooded my mind: ‘How do I take a firmly pro-life stance, while also expressing compassion for women who have suffered abortions?’ ‘How do I present the pro-life standpoint in a way that is transformative but not preachy?’ ‘How do I help my students see that all people have a right to life, even when that life involves suffering?’ 

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Topics: abortion, pro-life, human dignity, disability, teaching resources, Office of Life and Human Dignity

The Price of Our Humanity: Cost Effectiveness, Abortion, and Disability

Posted by Mary O’Callaghan on Jan 22, 2020 10:11:16 AM

“‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’” They paid him thirty pieces of silver…” —Matthew 26:15

It is particularly haunting to see an exact price exchanged for a human life; the juxtaposition of a finite monetary amount and the life of an infinite being is incomprehensible. In Mathew’s Gospel above, the thirty-pieces figure has been traced back to earlier scriptural references, and is thought to signify the compensation due a master when a slave is killed. 

No matter how the amount is derived, calculating the worth of a human life is at once both so absurd and crass that it renders the act of killing for a specific financial gain singularly troubling. 

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Topics: abortion, pro-life, human dignity, disability, Down syndrome

Dignity, Defiance, and Mirth: A Plan for Dying Well

Posted by Rick Becker on Nov 13, 2019 7:03:00 AM

“Perhaps however joy is the outgrowth of suffering in a special way.”
Flannery O’Connor (The Habit of Being, 527)

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Topics: death, human dignity, All Souls

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