Celebrate life in all its uniqueness by volunteering with the Special Olympics. Minister to athletes with intellectual disabilities by coaching basketball or bowling, track or field. It’s a great opportunity to teach rules and techniques, and offer encouragement to kids in an environment of friendly competition.
Can’t attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C.? Organize one locally. Local Marches for Life have been popping up all over the country in places like San Francisco and Chicago. With the national walk three months away, now is the perfect time to start planning a walk around your own city to stand up for life.
Know someone who’s expecting a little one? Give them a copy of “Oh Baby, the Places You’ll Go: A Book to Be Read in Utero,” adapted from Dr. Seuss. The book celebrates the lives of babies in the womb in a whimsical way. If you’re not familiar with this little masterpiece, it’s worth taking a peek, especially the introductory “Dear Reader,” by Audrey Geisel.
Dedicate a decade of the Rosary for pro-life intentions, including for those working in pro-life jobs, for politicians who need to soften their hearts, for the elderly and the marginalized, for an end to euthanasia, and for all expectant mothers considering abortion — that they might choose life for their children.
Make it a point to spend time with an elderly neighbor or loved one who is often alone. If they’re able, take them shopping or to a movie. If they need to remain stationary, simply sit quietly with them, look them in the eye, hold their hand and have a conversation.
Volunteer with your diocesan Project Rachel office, or, if you don’t have time, donate money to help fund their activities. Often they’re trying to operate on a shoestring budget and can use all the help they can get.
Speak up about euthanasia. More and more, we are starting to hear euthanasia spoken of in terms of “mercy.” Certain types of palliative care are acceptable in the eyes of the Church, but we can never encourage assisted suicide as a solution. God gave us the gift of life, and we must treat every person with respect from conception until natural death.
Grow in patience. Respond with love to a crying baby. Exchange a sharp word for a kind one, even when provoked. Follow Jesus’ commandment and show respect for life simply by “love(ing) one another” as he loves us.
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