“Human persons are willed by God: they are imprinted with God's image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are.” -St. JPII

 

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L – Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)

 

O – Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
Read about the youth from St. Catherine of Siena parish, in Austin, Texas, who witness to the life and dignity of every person through their prayer and action against the death penalty. In your family, neighborhood, school, or parish, how might you be called to act with others to protect human life and dignity? What can you do to serve your own life and dignity more fully?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Lord and Creator, help us honor the dignity of all people, especially those in whom Your face may be difficult to recognize. Inspire us to help protect human life in all its stages, at home and around the world. Amen + 
Show Notes
Topics Discussed:
Catholic social justice principle #1, the life and dignity of the human person
The Beatitudes as model for the justice of the Kingdom of God
Overview:
Minutes 00:12:00 – Life and dignity of the human person
Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Beatitudes 1 &5 and 2&6
Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Josh, my nephew with Downs Syndrome
Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Beatitudes 3&7 and 4&8, how two seemingly opposite “sides” of social justice issues can actually be working toward social justice in two equally important, but different, areas
Additional Resources:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB
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