Sisters of Life

Sisters of Life August 11, 2013

The Sisters of Life are a new order. Their charism is a response to the evils of our times. I can think of no work more needed than theirs.

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  1. Although it is briefly shown at the end of the video, here is the link to the website for the Sisters of Life.

    The website has too much information to summarize here, but does mention that the focus of the order is helping pregnant women who are vulnerable. This involves meeting with pregnant women who request help: spiritual, emotional and material. The Sisters seem to strike a balance between contemplative work (which sustains them) and active work (which sustains others.)

    An interesting find on the website is that they seek the participation of lay people:

    “What do our Co-Workers do?

    They share their talents, time and their very selves in service to pregnant women in need. Based out of local or parish communities, each group has a Visitation coordinator who locates needed resources within the local community. Women with the “heart of Mary” offer friendship andavailability to pregnant women in need while families and single women open their homes as Holy Respites. Men put their gifts towards projects like moving furniture and building cribs or in mentoring the father of the baby in learning to support the mother of his child.”

    That second link has contact information for anyone in Canada or the US who might want to work with the Sisters in this vital mission.

  2. I was privileged to meet some of the joyful women in this community and learn about their charism and their work in New York. They were in our diocese participating in Focus 11 discussing vocations with our 6th & 11th graders. I am so happy that I was able to meet them. They were truly an inspiration.

  3. Hi! I wanted to get peoples thoughts on abortion. I gather that since this is a Catholic blog, that its also pro-life but I had some questions. I’d like to say I’m not trying to pick a fight or anything, but having recently de-converted from Christianity I’ve been faced with the prospects of adjusting my views on a lot of issues which remain controversial. I’d like to think there is a middle way between the “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life” crowd, and I think the conversation at large is really heated and confusing. I personally have always been against abortion. The fact that life is being terminated after conception has always made me sad. But I’ve also had difficulty thinking of that life as fully human. I guess the way I always thought about it was that conception was like the first brick being laid in the construction of a house. At the beginning it can’t really even be called a house yet, but it will be one day. At birth you have a fully built house but at a certain point before completion its still functional in many way’s and a person could live in it. I would say that it gets progressively more sad to end that life the more built it is, but especially at the beginning, removing a few bricks or halting the process would be less “evil”

    Is there room for a kind-of in-between position on abortion in Catholicism? Is it possible that at some point a “human” isn’t quite a baby? Its obviously difficult to draw the line given that pregnancy length can vary for an entire month but I feel there should be somewhere to draw the line. Ability to feel pain? I dunno. For me being human has more to do with our consciousness but it seems to me the public debate is either “make abortion legal until the second before it’s born!” (a position I detest) and “Make any abortion illegal after the time of conception!” A position I find untenable.

    The other side of the issue for me is that for those who argue that abortion should be made illegal, what are the proposed consequences? I’m worried that in the fervor to eliminate abortion there will be a lot of collateral damage. I can’t help but feel compassion for those women and wouldn’t want to punish them, which is why I really appreciate you (Rebecca) for some of the bills you have passed to support women who are hard on their luck. I think any discussion of abortion also has to address the issues surrounding the reason women have them.

    Like I said, being a post-Christian has forced me to have to deal with all of the views that I used to hold without question and so I’m trying to find a venue to process. Many in my generation haven’t really gotten out of the “I’m right You’re wrong” mentality, so I don’t really feel at home much in my own community. Plus since most in my community at home are fundamentalist evangelical types, there is no real discussion of anything. (some of them are the folks I mentioned in another post who assert that Catholics aren’t Christian… 🙁

    So anyways, Thanks for your time! I don’t expect a quick response.

  4. The answer to your question is no. There is no half-way human. That isn’t just Catholic teaching (although it IS Catholic teaching.) It is a fact. A new human being is created at conception. There is nothing hypothetical about this.

    This human being is unique and can be identified as his or herself throughout his or her life span. If this person lives to be 100, they will still be the same person they were at conception, only at another stage of development.

    This is simple biology.

    The question really is where and when do you want to extend legal protections for human life? This is not a simple formula, btw. The minute you open even the possibility of defining certain human lives as not deserving of life (does that phrase ring a bell?) then you declare open season on all human beings. Their right to be alive is suddenly debatable. We’ve seen this happening with the steady attrition of the legal protections for human life around the world and at both ends of the life spectrum.

    One thing that fascinates me is that when someone decides to take up atheism as their working life philosophy, it seems an almost immediate turn for them to begin questioning the value of other people’s lives. I have never met an atheist who is persuaded by the idea that human beings have value just because they are human beings. They always demand some further “value” be attached to a human life — sentience, developmental markers, value to parents, not being a burden, not suffering, etc — before they will allow that the human being in question should have a right to life under the law, and even that appears to be subject to a continuous narrowing of what sort of human life is absolutely worthy of life.

    How do you square that circle?

    It goes back to the question I asked you on another post: How do you know murder is wrong?

    Atheists can’t answer that question. Which is why they can’t seem to resist the desire to start killing people as soon as they take up this new philosophy of theirs.

    If you reject God, then does that make you god? And if that makes you god, then who will you kill and who will you let live? That is the question you are really asking.

    Now, I’m going to back off and let the discussion roll without my input.

  5. I think you are right to say that I’m concerned with the legality question, I do have questions about the morality of whether or not abortion is wrong and where I would draw the line, but for now I still think of it as wrong and sad. So when I ask is there a middle way, I’m asking both philosophically, which you have answered, and legally.

    I want to see abortion end, or at least be reduced to the same level as murder. But to do that, I don’t think outlawing it is the best or even an effective approach. It seems to me that there are only two stances currently being thrown around, either “All abortions, or no abortions” and I think more attention should be spent on why abortions occur in the first place and what we can do to address those issues.
    (side note: I feel kind of sad that you would think I don’t value human life. I think human life is super valuable, I guess I would say that I’m trying to discover “what gives us value” and if that has any bearing on the various stages of our development.)

  6. Perhaps the middle ground you are searching for is an end to misogyny and thus the reasons why people think abortion is necessary.