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Bishop Burbidge’s Respect Life Sunday Homily

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“I came so that all might have life and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10).

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge marked the beginning of Respect Life Month in the Diocese of Raleigh with the celebration of Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville. The U.S. Catholic Church has deemed October Respect Life Month and the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday, a time to renew our commitment to awareness to work on behalf of the sanctity of human life at all its stages.

“In Christ Jesus,” Bishop Burbidge said in his homily, “we discover the meaning and purpose of life and the source of our joy.” Noting that “many in our world are lukewarm to Jesus,” the Bishop said, as a result we see “horrific consequences,” pointing to abortion, experimentation on human embryos, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Reminding the faithful that the mission to uphold respect for life is demanding and challenging, Bishop Burbidge said, “God will use the seeds we plant to touch the hearts of His people.” As examples, he cited three laws enacted in North Carolina this year: Unborn Victims of Violence Act, Choose Life license plate and the Woman’s Right to Know Law. “God simply asks us to persevere,” Bishop Burbidge said.

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