11/05/2015 8:52 pm

2015 Message

There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision making about appropriate treatment. 

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23/05/2014 11:00 am

2014 Message

Pope Francis knows and loves young people. At World Youth Day in Rio last year, to over three million young people, the Pope said, “young hearts want to build a better world.” He invited them to be “protagonists of transformation” and urged them not to be mere “observers of life, but to get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.”

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2013 Message

Some years ago, when celebrating Mass in honour of St Raymond Nonnatus, the Patron Saint of expectant mothers and midwives, Pope Francis spoke simply and beautifully about what promoting a culture of life really means: "Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing... So, go forth and don't be discouraged. Care for life. It's worth it!" 

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2012 Message

Day for Life 2012 celebrates an extraordinary gift: the human body. It highlights the importance of good health, care for our bodies and the importance of exercise and sporting activity. Day for Life invites us therefore to show respect for the dignity of our body in every moment of its existence, from conception to natural death.

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Solidarity and hope in difficult times

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer’ Rom 12:12

Pope Benedict said during his visit to Britain in 2010: “Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple – true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts”

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Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended

God did not make us for death but for life. When we touch the mystery of death, in prayer, thought or experience, it leads us into the greater mystery of the eternal life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through our baptism we have already begun to live this life. We have entered into the mystery of death which Christ, by His resurrection, has changed forever. In Him, death is no longer our end but our ‘Passover’ into a truth and a life we cannot even begin to imagine because it is a life forever beyond the experience of death.

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"You are precious in my sight”

The main emphasis of Day for Life in 2009 was on the pastoral dimensions of the difficult and sensitive subject of suicide. It highlighted why the Church believes that every life is worth living and look at the reasons why people contemplate suicide, including acute mental illness and the possible spiritual factors involved. It also pointed towards the support that the professional services can bring and to help to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness and depression.

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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34, 18

Mental ill-health can happen to anyone - 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some stage in their life. Millions of people across Britain and Ireland are either living with or know someone close to them who has been affected by depression, schizophrenia, suicide, self-harm, bereavement, substance misuse or mental health difficulties at some stage in their lives.

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The Gospel of Life

Pope John Paul II's encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae - The Gospel of Life - re-affirmed the dignity of every human person, created and loved by God. It sought to renew the commitment of the Church to the "defence of the world's poor, those who are threatened and despised, and whose human rights are violated.”

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