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W RITINGI N - D E P TH ANALYSIS O R I G IN ALD ESIG N 2017

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Pope Francis is launching a global migration campaign Sept. 27, calling the church around the world to show love to immigrants and refugees. The global "Share the Jour- ney" campaign in the United States will focus on the call to Love Your Neighbor." At a time when our nation seems eager to forget that the majority of us either came from

Pope to launch global migration awareness campaign Sept. 27

another country or are descen- dants of those who did, it is critical that the church repeat the biblical admonition to wel- come the stranger," said Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. Those of us who know our own histories recognize that our forebears came to this land in a time of desperation and brought hope and a willingness to work hard. Immigrants and refugees today are no different in this regard. Let's speak and act consistently with the faith we profess and recognize that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God," he said. Following the Sept. 27 launch date, the Lexington dio- cese will participate in a "Week of Prayer and Action," for Share the Journey-Love Your Neighbor" Oct. 7-13. Suggest- ed parish activities include: LEXINGTON. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., will celebrate the annual Respect Life Mass, Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Pax Christi Church, Lexington. The Mass is coordinated by the Dioc- esan Respect Life Office. The theme for October, which marks Respect Life Month each year, is "Be not afraid" for 2017. Please invite your family and friends, as we join together in our greatest de- fense of life-celebrating the Eucha- rist," said Peggy Sheiko, diocesan Re- spect Life coordinator. Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for hu-

Diocese to celebrate annual Respect Life Mass, Oct. 4

Following the Sept. 27 launch, the diocese will participate in a "Week of Prayer and Action," Oct. 7-13 for "Share the Journey Love Your Neighbor." USCCB 2017 Respect Life campaign theme.

man life. How do we respond when our efforts seem small in the face of the cul- ture of death?" says a statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Pro-Life Activities. To understand more fully how to defend and protect human life, we must first consider who we are at the deepest level. God creates us in his image and likeness, which means we are made to be in loving relationship with him. The essence of our identity and worth, the source of our dignity, is that we are loved by God: 'We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of the Son.' (John Paul II, 2002) We are called to divine intimacy, true communion with God, and we can grow in this closeness with him through daily prayer, reading the Scriptures, and frequent participation in the sacra- ments, particularly Confession and the Eucharist," the USCCB statement says. The knowledge and realization of how deeply we are loved by God elicits a re- sponse of love that simultaneously draws us closer to God and, at the same time, impels us to share his love with others." When we live in union with God, open to his prompting, we're more able to see the opportunities for witness and his guidance in responding to these opportunities. We may fear doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong thing,

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