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

The Challenges of Teaching Life

Posted by Sarah Kernan on Oct 9, 2019 7:05:00 AM

As a moral theology teacher at a Catholic high school and moderator of our school's pro-life club, people expect me to teach my students about a Catholic ethic of life. I do, certainly, and conversing with young people about key life issues is incredibly rewarding (albeit challenging!). But just as faith and prayer should permeate every aspect of a Catholic school—and not be relegated to its theology curriculum and ministry programs—the same is true of a Catholic vision of human life and dignity.

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Topics: pro-life, teaching resources, Respect Life Month

Living a Consistent Ethic of Life, Part 1

Posted by Jessica Keating on Oct 3, 2019 7:04:00 AM

Throughout the month of October, Catholics celebrate Respect Life Month. As the Body of Christ, we are encouraged to pray and work for the protection of life from conception to natural death. In a culture that is inhospitable to life, that views human beings as disposable, we are called to live out the consistent ethic of life. But what is the “consistent ethic of life?” Quite simply, it means committing oneself to consistently living in ways that uphold the irrevocable worth of every human being. The Church has a long and rich tradition of upholding a consistent ethic of life. The Didache (ca. 2nd century A.D.), for example, describes the Two Ways: the way of life and the way of death. The first commandments of the Way of Life provide Christians with paraenetic, or moral instruction. Christians are called to “give to everyone who asks, without looking for repayment” and are expressly forbidden from committing murder, abortion, and infanticide. These prescriptions are at the heart of Christian life.

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

How Humanitarian Aid Can Diminish Human Sanctity

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Jul 18, 2019 7:04:00 AM
“They want to ‘save’ us,” says Obianuju Ekeocha, “but there are a lot of disturbing things happening within the donor and recipient relationship.” Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa , delivered the annual human dignity lecture for the Office of Life and Human Dignity at the McGrath Institute for Church Life on March 26, 2019. On an episode of Church Life Today , Ekeocha explains the problems that arise when Western philanthropists intercede in Africa with an agenda that undermines African values, including the sanctity of life, beauty of marriage, blessings of motherhood, and the dignity of family life.
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Topics: pro-life, human dignity, Obianuju Ekeocha

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