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About the Sanctity of Life

by Mary Pepping

The Lord said to me, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:4-5.

The God’s eye view is vast……and He sees us from and through eternity.

Each and every soul is infinitely precious to Him.

Sadly, each and every person is not valued, especially when they are in the womb of their mother.

St. Gianna Molla was a paediatrician and a mother of four children when her own life came under threat. She spent her life caring for the unborn and babies, and as a wonderful Roman Catholic, she could not even contemplate killing her child ... and so a healthy baby was born … and a few days later she went to her reward in heaven. Miracles followed, and her sainthood is now universally recognised.

What does the Church teach us? The Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 2270 says,
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being, must be recognised as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

CCC 2271 says,
Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.

CCC 2272: Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.
A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae, by the very commission of the offense, and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

Finally the Church tells us, that infanticide, fratricide, parricide and the murder of a spouse are especially grave crimes by reason of the natural bonds which they break. Concern for eugenics or public health cannot justify any murder, even if commanded by public authority.

CCC 2269: The fifth commandment forbids doing anything with the intention of indirectly bringing about a person’s death.

Each new life is distinct from the parents; there can be a totally different blood type and each DNA is unique. A baby is not part of the body of the parent ... the child in the womb is an equal person in God’s sight.

Please pray for leaders and governments that legislate for their people, a truly loving view of each and every life in their care.  

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