The Office of Respect Life and Pastoral Care in the Diocese of San Bernardino strives every day to be the voice of the voiceless, to spread the love of God and the love for His children. Our mission is to advocate for life, develop life affirming programs and accompany our brothers and sisters in need of spiritual and pastoral care.
This is probably not new information to many in our Diocese. What many may not know, however, is that the Office, the staff and programs are dependent entirely on the generosity of people in the parishes through a Sanctity of Human Life Special Collection. Our parishes began offering the Collection on Oct. 6th, Respect Life Sunday, and will continue through January 22, the Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade decision. Without the generous donations of the people of God to this specific collection we simply would not exist. So, this collection has been a true blessing which enables us to share the Good News and advocate for the sacredness of human life.
We learn from the Catholic Catechism: “Human Life is Sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end” (CCC 2258). And yet we are living in a time here in California and throughout the nation when God’s natural order of life is being rejected in our public policies and in secular society. Life, from the earliest beginnings to the final days, is marginalized, absent of care and dignity. We saw this in the passing of California’s End of Life Option Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide, that went into effect three years ago, and now again in the most recent Senate Bill 24, signed into law, which makes abortion by medication techniques available to all students on our Cal State and UC campuses throughout California.