Respect Life Month

Live the Gospel of Life!

October 1, 2020

October is celebrated by Catholics in America as Respect Life Month, which begins on the first Sunday of October (Respect Life Sunday). It is a time of focus on God’s precious gift of human life and the responsibility to care for, protect, and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters. Each October, the Church asks us to reflect deeply on the dignity of every human life. This God-given dignity is unchanging, rooted in the fact that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God.

This year’s theme, “Live the Gospel of Life”, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the prophetic papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), written by Pope St. John Paul II in 1995 to reaffirm the value of every human life and to appeal to all people to respect, protect, love, and serve every human life.

The USCCB has created resources to encourage Catholics to “allow the Gospel of Christ to touch and transform our own hearts and the decisions we make.” The Gospel of Life provides the blueprint for building a culture of life and civilization of love.