Upcoming Events View All
Mass in Memory of Our Children

Sunday, 12/10/2023 at 2:00 PM

Behold The Lamb of God: An Advent & Christmas Concert

Sunday, 12/10/2023 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Made for More Speaker Series

Wednesday, 12/13/2023 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Advent Stations of the Nativity

Wednesday, 12/13/2023 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Online Evening Prayer with Young Adults

Tuesday, 12/19/2023 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

'Do you believe in miracles? Seeing is believing' presentation

Wednesday, 12/20/2023 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime Holiday Concert

Thursday, 12/28/2023 at 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

New Year Country Church Tour

Monday, 01/01/2024 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


GUEST COLUMNIST | Adoration: An invitation to love, service and affirmation of human dignity

As I reflect on how the Church serves the world (by helping the homeless, providing education in schools, serving the poor, providing health care), I am struck by the powerful connection between service and prayer.

No matter the type of service to which we are called, our effectiveness is only enhanced when we cultivate a deep love for Jesus in the Eucharist, where our Christian witness becomes nourished and thus is made more powerfully able to affirm the dignity and worth of each person we encounter.

This is emphasized in a unique way throughout October, when the Catholic Church in the United States observes Respect Life Month — a focused time in which we reflect more deeply on the value and gift of human life and discern how we are individually being called to help build a culture of life.

Each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, which means we possess incredible dignity and worth and are loved uniquely from all eternity. When we experience how deeply we are loved by God, we are moved to reach out to others in love and to affirm their dignity as well.

Uniting with Jesus in the Eucharist and spending time with Him in prayer is a literal nourishment for the soul, strengthening us in our faith and reaffirming how deeply we are loved. This encounter elicits our loving response in return, and we go out meant to be witnesses of His love to the whole world.

Our faith is not meant to be isolating or stagnant, but something that is fruitful and built in communion with others.

So, how does this relate to building up a culture of life?

Efforts to promote respect for life must firstly encompass all stages of life, from the preborn to the terminally ill and the elderly. It includes the poor, the sick, the homeless, persons with disabilities, those suffering from mental health challenges and those who are victims of violence and unjust discrimination. It includes families who are living on an economic edge, and those who struggle with openness to life. It includes women facing challenging and difficult pregnancies, who may feel completely alone and unsupported.

In every human face, we are called to see and love Jesus, affirming each person’s worth and dignity, being a loving and life-giving presence to each human being.

This is the essence of building up a culture of life.

We can only move forward in living our faith in action when we have a strong foundation in the eucharistic Christ. Fostering this connection, especially through frequent participation in the Mass and opportunities for adoration, we can allow Jesus to work through us in ways we could never have imagined.

When service is grounded in prayer, we become powerful witnesses of God’s love to others in both ordinary and extraordinary ways.

Always remember that the time spent with Jesus in the Eucharist will reinforce how deeply you are loved and is also an invitation to love others in turn. Each time you reflect the love of Jesus to others, each action you take to affirm the dignity of another, each time you give someone hope that their life has meaning and worth, you are helping to build a culture of life.

Kimberly Baker is programs and projects coordinator for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is also a member of the executive team for the National Eucharistic Revival, serving in a consultative role for both the Congress and Revival.

From the Archive Module

GUEST COLUMNIST Adoration An invitation to love service and affirmation of human dignity 9101

Must Watch Videos

Now Playing

    View More Videos