In October, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates “Respect Life Month." As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its ends, and at every point in between.
During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.
To read the statement of Respect Life Month from the Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, click here.
A PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH, Defender of Life
Dearest St. Joseph, at the word of an angel, you lovingly took Mary into your home. As God’s humble servant, you guided the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem, welcomed Jesus as your own son in the shelter of a manger, and fled far from your homeland for the safety of both Mother and Child.
We praise God that as their faithful protector, you never hesitated to sacrifice for those entrusted to you. May your example inspire us also to welcome, cherish, and safeguard God’s most precious gift of life.
Help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life — especially where it is vulnerable or threatened. Obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things. Amen.