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

Stories of Grace: More, Not Less

Posted by Colleen Moore on Nov 11, 2019 3:18:15 PM

I wanted to be common like bread:
so when the struggle came she wouldn’t find me missing.

These lines from Pablo Neruda’s poem “Nothing More” were etched on a plaque, as a tribute to my late father, Denny, by a close friend of his. It hung on the wall of their local watering hole where my dad had gathered often with friends, colleagues, and strangers to recount the day or sometimes to forget it. 

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Topics: death, human dignity, stories of grace, All Souls

Memory as an Antidote to the Culture of Death

Posted by Christina Leblang on Nov 5, 2019 7:00:00 AM

As a former college track and field sprinter, I have spent countless hours of my life practicing. I have struggled through long workouts to build endurance, faster workouts to build speed, weight-lifting to build strength, and shorter workouts to provide rest before a competition. In each one of these instances, I began practice going through a set of drills. While these drills provided the necessary preparation for the workout, they also functioned to train my muscles to behave in a certain manner. Marching, skipping, high knees—all of these tedious drills were extremely important in creating muscle memory. Every sport has a series of drills or routines that athletes perform which allow an athlete to trust her muscles to act in the way she needs them to without thought.

Training and preparation is necessary not only in sports but in all areas of life, especially the moral life.

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

Living a Consistent Life Ethic, Part 3

Posted by Claire Fyrqvist on Oct 17, 2019 11:34:59 AM

Practicing Hospitality, Welcoming Life

A consistent life ethic begins at home. Mother Teresa, one of the most beloved canonized saints of the 20th century and a great defender of human dignity, said very simply in her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize: 

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Topics: pro-life, hospitality, human dignity, Respect Life Month

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