January Family Life Message PDF

During the month of January, each year we reflect on the Supreme Court’s decision of Roe v. Wade. We pray for the preservation and protection of all human life from the time of conception to natural death.

Every human person who has ever lived, every human person who will be born today, and every human person who will come into existence in the future, is KNOWN and LOVED by our heavenly Father from all eternity. This loving Father in the knowledge, care and compassion that He has for each one of his sons and daughters, has made us unique and unrepeatable. He tells us…

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jer. 1:5)

We are ‘known’ intimately. There will never be another you or another me… ever! Each one of us has his/her own individual character traits, physical features, personal idiosyncrasies, thoughts, dreams, desires and a million other things that collectively make us who we are as individual human persons. We think differently, we act differently, we have different tastes, different likes and dislikes and it is these things that single us out from the crowd and make us different in our own unique way. Pope Francis puts it this way:

“We were conceived in the heart of God, and for this reason each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.” (Laudato Si 65)

Yes, we are wonderfully and INTENTIONALLY made! We are so very unique and it is in our uniqueness that the beauty of every single human person shines forth and in which we can recognize and acknowledge the absolute beauty and gift that is inherent in every single human life. You are unique and unrepeatable – never forget that!

During this month, let us thank our God and Father for the wonderful gift of human life and let us always pray and work to preserve this gift in all of its wonder and glory.