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Archbishop Gomez: The right to life is the foundation of all human rights

Archbishop Gomez: The right to life is the foundation of all human rights

At the Hispanic Pro-Life Congress in Los Angeles last week, Archbishop Jose Gomez stressed that among the many social justice issues in the world today, the right to life is the foundation of all human rights. He said:

“So in everything we need to be clear that the root violence in our society is the violence against those who are not yet born and those who are at the end of their lives.”

“If the child in the womb has no right to be born, if the sick and the old have no right to be taken care of – then there is no solid foundation to defend anyone’s human rights.”

Archbishop Gomez also gave encouragement and advice on how the pro-life movement should seek to change hearts and minds.

“We don’t to dwell on the ugliness and violence of the culture of death, we want to hold up the beauty and peace of the Kingdom of life,” he said.

“That means we need to build friendships and be in dialogue with those who disagree with us. We can’t negotiate about good and evil. That’s not what I mean about dialogue. But we do need to work with and to talk to people who may not share our full vision of a culture of life – or at least people who don’t share our vision yet.”

He encouraged optimism that truth, lived with joy, will lead to conversions and new ways of thinking.

He stressed the need to fulfill a “mission of mercy” and to build “a community of conscience.”

“We need to reach out in love to the woman who is pregnant and who is feeling lost and alone. To the refugee and the immigrant; to the prisoner, the homeless, the sick and the disabled. To the elderly and those who suffering and crying for help,” he continued.

“Wherever dignity is denied, wherever people are in slavery – that’s where we need to be as a Catholic community, and as believers in Jesus Christ.”

Read more at Catholic News Agency.

40 Days of Catholic Radio

40 Days of Catholic Radio

The season of Lent is approaching, and it is a time when we as Catholics take a look at our lives and see how we can grow closer to Our Lord and deepen our relationship with Him through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is customary for Catholics to give up something for Lent and/or take something on that will strengthen their faith life. These practices are wonderful  – but can often feel as though we are checking a box on our to-do list or only thinking about our faith when we turn down dessert. This Lent, why not make your Catholic faith an even more integral part of your everyday life? And why not invite your friends and family to do the same?

I encourage you to join us during the upcoming Lenten season for 40 Days of Catholic Radio. Just listen to Immaculate Heart Radio each day during Lent to put your Catholic faith front and center throughout the day. You can listen during your commute, at work, while cooking dinner, or wherever you are. Download our mobile app and you can listen to Immaculate Heart Radio anytime, anywhere.

Listening to Immaculate Heart Radio during Lent is also a great way to help you fulfill your Lenten goals.

  • You can pray the rosary along with us each day on our stations or on the Rosary Page of our web site.
  • You can learn more about your faith through our apologetics programs. It’s a great place to turn if you have given up secular entertainment and are looking for a better alternative.
  • And it’s a great way to evangelize – by telling your friends and family how much you enjoy our station, and encouraging them to listen as well!

If you are in the mood for something other than talk radio, you can tune-in to our streaming music stations, ImmaculateHeartMusic.com or ImmaculateHeartSacredMusic.com. All of our stations have content that will inspire you and help you to grow closer to Our Lord this Lent.

I hope you will join us for 40 Days of Catholic Radio and continue listening daily long after Easter. I also hope you will encourage your family and friends to take up this Lenten practice so that we can journey together during this season and await the joy of our Risen Lord.

 

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The Original Image: Bishop Robert Barron, Jim Gaffigan, Harry Connick, Jr. and more share about Divine Mercy

The Original Image: Bishop Robert Barron, Jim Gaffigan, Harry Connick, Jr. and more share about Divine Mercy

The image of Divine Mercy is familiar to many Catholics. It portrays Jesus with rays of red and white pouring from His chest. The rays symbolize the blood and water that poured from Jesus’ heart at his crucifixion – a sign of His love and mercy for all.

What many don’t know is that the original image of Divine Mercy has a very interesting history to it. A new documentary explores the history of the original image that St. Faustina herself oversaw, and the significance the Divine Mercy image has in the spiritual life of many Catholics.

A timely documentary, The Original Image of Divine Mercy features key witnesses to the mysterious case of a painting that survived the Soviet Occupation of Vilnius, with exclusive commentary by Bishop Robert Barron, George Weigel, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna, Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz of Kraków, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Harry Connick Jr., Jim Gaffigan, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Archbishop Fisichella, and many others including a special footage with Pope Francis.

See the trailer below:

 

For more information, including how to host a screening of the film, visit DivineMercyFilm.com