Today, we celebrate and honor the inviolable dignity of each and every human life. We recognize the sin of abortion, physician-assisted suicide, our state’s death penalty and all other actions that threaten the life and dignity of the human person.

On this day, we also recognize the ways in which our own Church, throughout its history, has failed to protect its young people and to respect the integrity of their claims against its clergy members.

This Sunday, we ask you to pray for all vulnerable members of our community, from the unborn to the struggling family.

We pray especially for healing for all those who feel isolated, hopeless, or ashamed. We also continue to pray for those who feel pressure to make difficult decisions with regard to respecting life, and with those in positions of power, that we may support them as a community of faith to create a culture of life.