Bishop Donald Kettler has chosen today (January 17, 2016) as the day that the Diocese of Saint Cloud will be observing a “Day of Prayer in Reparation for the Culture of Violence and Disrespect for Human Life.” This will provide the diocese an opportunity to pray together in support of a culture of life and to ask for forgiveness for the times when we have contributed directly or indirectly to decisions that contribute to violence, neglect, pain, and suffering to our brothers and sisters. Our hope is to promote a culture of peace, respect, mercy, justice and support for all life. In a letter from Bishop Kettler to clergy he states, “The impetus for the day was a discussion the other Minnesota bishops and I had a few months ago following the release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of tissue and organs from aborted children. We talked about how we could join together to stand against such practices as well as other types of violence that diminish the culture of life, including gun violence, war, assisted suicide, the death penalty, sex trafficking, violent entertainment choices, etc.”
In response, the bishops are organizing a “Day of Prayer in Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect for Human Life.” It will be observed in each Minnesota diocese on a day in December or January chosen by each bishop. Bishop Kettler has chosen a January 17, 2016, for our diocese. Additionally, he wrote a column about this day of prayer that was published in last Friday’s edition of The Visitor. If you have not already read his column, I encourage you to do so.
Scripture supports the bishops’ call to honor life: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good;
Love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. (Romans 12:9-18) During this important day of prayer, please pause in your of us towards developing a stronger culture in our society that respects all life from conception to natural death.
Blessings, Deacon Steve
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