Day for Life 2020 – Choose Life
“Hope in Him, hold firm and take heart.” Psalm 27
Day for Life is dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s Day for Life is celebrated on 21 June.
Day for Life 2020 has received an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis in which he sends his blessings to the Catholic Church in the UK and Ireland for the annual Day for Life, and invites everyone to uphold the dignity of every human life.
Moses’ invitation rings out loud and clear: “See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil. …I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”
Dt 30:15, 19).’ Evangelium Vitae, 28
The theme for Day for Life 2020 is Choose Life, with a particular focus on protecting mothers and unborn children, and bringing hope and healing after abortion.
How can Catholic parishes and communities be places of welcome, assistance and support?
On this 25th anniversary of St John Paul II’s letter Evangelium Vitae, we renew the call for respect and celebration of all life. The parish is a ‘family of families,’ (Amoris Laetita, 87). We ask our parishes to be places of welcome, where we can support pregnant women and celebrate the precious gift entrusted to them. We recognise that family is often ‘a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems.’ (Amoris Laetitia, 57). We want to provide support for women and men who face difficult circumstances, as well as those who have experienced abortion and seek comfort in the Lord and their community.
‘As a Catholic, I promise to foster a culture of welcome and acceptance of new life. I will pray and work for better legal protections for pregnant women and the child in the womb.’
Hope and Healing after Abortion
God does not withhold his forgiveness from those who seek it with a sincere heart. But, even when we confess our sins and receive absolution, we are not always ready to forgive ourselves. There are many women and men still living, years later, with the emotional and spiritual scars of abortion. In the Lord we can find peace: ‘Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.’ (Romans 5:5)
My name is Caitlin and I am 28 years old. When I became pregnant for the first time five years ago, I had an abortion. I have carried the pain from this experience, as well as feelings of loss, confusion and loneliness. When attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, I was given the time and space to name the child that I lost and to find healing and forgiveness in the Lord.