Welcome to our Respect Life page, where we wish to continue to promote respect for life from conception to natural death.
The page is a work in progress and will continue to have material added to it.
The image to the right is for this year's observance of Respect Life Sunday.
"Life is the first good received from God and is fundamental to all others; to guarantee the right to life for all and in an equal manner for all is the duty upon which the future of humanity depends."
- Pope Benedict XVI
PRAYER FOR LIFE
Heavenly Father, Source of all life,
we know that even in our darkest moments
you are with us.
We pray that you will give us new life and renewed courage
so people of life will continue to grow in love.
Awaken in us all a new reverence and respect for all life,
especially for those yet to be born into the world.
Help us to encourage and support all Mothers and Fathers,
particularly those facing difficult pregnancies.
Move the hearts of all our politicians to protect
the weakest and most defenceless entrustedto their care,
especially unborn children.
Guide and protect all those in the caring professions;
grant them your wisdom and peace
as we work together with all people of good will
to build a new civilisation of truth and love.
ENCYCLICALS FOR LIFE
Key encyclicals on life
Click here to go to a series of talks given by Jason Evert on this visit to the Diocese when he spoke to parents and young people on chastity.
Sisters of Life, New York. www.sistersoflife.org
The Sisters of Life are a Catholic religious order founded by the late Cardinal O'Connor. He was inspired to action in defense and respect for the human person after being profoundly impacted during a visit to one of the Nazi death camps.
They are regular visitors to New Zealand with a special charism focusing on spreading and promoting the culture of life. They do this through practical works, such as caring for pregnant mothers facing unplanned pregnancies, as well as educational efforts focused on challenging and forming people to live with a great respect and love for all human persons from natural conception to natural death.
The Sisters of Life are regular visitors to NZ, and they now include several young Kiwi women among their ranks. They will be returning to New Zealand in January 2012 to present lectures at the Hearts Aflame Catholic Summer School.
A website which provides excellent articles on all sorts of important ethical, social, political and religious issues, all with a special focus on reframing the debates about these important matters in terms of human dignity, not dollars and cents or political calculation.
They state that their focus is on placing "the person at the centre of media debates about popular culture, the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion and law. MercatorNet isn't liberal." The Deputy Editor of MercatorNet, Carolyn Moynihan (who is also editor of MercatorNet's Family Edge Blog) is a Catholic New Zealand journalist, and articles are regularly contributed by New Zealand authors (including Brendan Malone from the John Paul II Centre for Life here in Christchurch).
John Paul II Centre for Life, Christchurch. www.chch.catholic.org.nz/centreforlife
A Christchurch-based Catholic organisation dedicated to building a culture of life, marriage and family in New Zealand. They offer practical support and assistance to mothers facing a crisis-pregnancy, as well as support for women seeking healing from the pain of abortion, as well as offering formation events on pro-life, family, marriage and faith related issues.
They believe that everything they do at the John Paul II Centre for Life should be underpinned by prayer, and that this contributes to the sense of peace, healing and hope that people encounter daily at our Christchurch centre.