"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Respect Life Blogs are created by Respect Life staff members on Respect Life issues.

 

NEW BLOG!! – From Conception to Natural Death: The Boundless Dignity of the Human Person: The following series of blogs reflect on the different ways we are called as Catholics to honor the dignity present in each human person. As Christ said in Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” View blog here

Masterpieces of Creation: Recognizing Human Dignity Through Suicide Prevention: In this blog series, we will explore the issue of mental illness and suicide among young people. While this can be a difficult topic to face, and is often times avoided, we can better make ourselves aware of how to prevent suicide by first acknowledging and discussing the problem. View blog here

Life with Dignity: This blog is going to stand as a defense of life against the pains of physician assisted suicide and as a reminder of the vital fact that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Since we are in the image and likeness of God we all have a special place in this world and everyone deserves to be loved and treated with the dignity they deserve. View blog here

Blog: Become A Shepherd & Help Stop Human Trafficking: Many Americans hold the belief that slavery was abolished in the United States with the passing of the 13th Amendment back in 1865. However, countless Americans remain unaware that modern day slavery is still present throughout the country – in the form of human trafficking. View blog here

Lenten Blog, Inspired by the Words of Pope Francis:  Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, contemplates “Opening Eyes, Ears and Hearts in Lent” inspired by Pope Francis’ writings and homilies on Lent. View blog here.

Jubilee of Mercy, Excerpts from Pope Francis: Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, shares her thoughts with excerpts from Pope Francis on the Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8, 2015, and ends November 20, 2016. For information on the Jubilee of Mercy. View blog here

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si/ On Care for Our Common Home: Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, shares her thoughts on Pope Francis’ encyclical and environmental issues. View blog here.

Chyva’s Corner – Words to the Youth: Youth today are weighed down with more and more issues and less positive outlets to express their growing fears. Bullying, suicide and low self esteem, etc. are all serious issues plaguing our youth and young adults. While we may not know everyone’s individual pain, we can identify with Christ’s love for us all and be there for one another in times of need. Discussing our truths and learning and leaning on one another, can be the first step in helping one another heal. View blog here

My Thoughts – On Aging: Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, shares her thoughts on our culture’s sociological views and church teachings on aging, with references and inspired by the books: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr and The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, by Joan Chittister. View blog here

Theology of the Body: Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, coordinator of Project Rachel for the diocesan Respect Life Office, shares reflections on the Theology of the Body. The Theology of the Body is a series of addresses given by Pope John Paul II at his Wednesday papal audiences in Rome from September 1979 to November 1984. The Theology of the Body is made up of 129 individual addresses, divided into six different cycles.  These addresses present an in-depth biblical explanation of the mystery of marriage and human sexuality. View blog here

My Thoughts – Project Rachel: Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, coordinator of Project Rachel for the diocesan Respect Life Office, shares her thoughts on the Project Rachel hope and healing after abortion program and how it coincides with church teaching, and how Project Rachel helps those whom suffer from abortion loss. View blog here

Newest Blog Posts

Part I: Introduction- “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

There is too much to say about this humbling experience; encountering the elderly, vulnerable, weak, broken and pained of this earth was like looking into a mirror and seeing a part of yourself.
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Blog 4: “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God” (Is 41:10).

As we continue to live the respect life mission to the best of our ability, it is imperative that we recognize the dangers of suicide among young people and the ways in which we can prevent it.
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Blog 3: Suicide – College Students & What We Need to Know

Transitioning from high school to college can be exciting and overwhelming. No two students have the same experience, but it is certainly a time of big changes.
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Blog 2: Suicide – High School Students & What We Should Know

The 2015 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 8.6% of youth across the nation in grades 9-12 reported a suicide attempt in the last 12 months.
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Blog 1: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”

The topic of suicide is certainly a sensitive one which is often avoided in conversations.  There have been stigmas surrounding mental health issues in our society for years.
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My Experience in the Respect Life Office

I had the pleasure of sitting in on the annual Deanery Coordinator meeting, during which representatives from parishes all over Long Island come together to stay up to date on Respect Life efforts and issues.
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Powerful Prayers and Intercessions

In the Catholic Church, St. Dymphna and Saint Benedict Joseph Labre are two saints who lived with suffering from both mental illnesses and feelings that they did not belong. (Blog 4 of 5)
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