Q: What is meant by the Culture of Life? How can we live out this Culture of Life?

A: We need to view our life as much more than mere existence in time. Life is always “a good”. It is the seed of an existence that transcends the very limits of time. God himself has planted eternity in the human heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God. And to proclaim Jesus is to proclaim life. Therefore, as “people for life” we must celebrate the Gospel of Life, to view life in its deeper meaning, and to look for God’s living image in every person. This is the Culture of Life.

The entire law of God serves to protect and nourish life. His commandment points us to the path of life (Deut. 30:15-16). He demands an accounting for human life from us, even as He did from Noah (Gen. 9:5). God’s commandment, “You shall not kill” is clear and definite in its meaning. God forbids anything, any action that would contribute to the Culture of Death, i.e. a secularized lifestyle characterized by distorted, hedonistic values, and the loss of God in one’s life. On the positive side this commandment leads us to love, respect, promote and serve life actively and wholeheartedly.

To live out the Culture of Life, therefore, means nourishing ourselves as His children and enabling others to live in dignity and fullness of life. We need to safeguard the dignity and sacredness of life, especially when this involves the unborn, the children, the sick and the dying. We have the moral and civic responsibility to shape society so that the life of all is defended and enhanced, always understanding that society begins with each one of us and with our families.

Source: Evangelizing Presence: Caring For Life by Nancy R. Catan, Pasquale T. Giordano, SJ, and Mitos Rivera. A BCBP Publication. Excerpts from pp 6-15.

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