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Love and Protection of the Unborn:

posted Aug 17, 2016, 8:25 AM by St. Peter

 The whole mission of the Catholic Church in the world—the theme and purpose and vocation of every institution and every Catholic individual—is love. Why does the Church set up hospitals and adoption agencies and soup kitchens? Why have whole orders of nuns been founded to care for the elderly or the sick? Why did St. Damien offer to go to spend his last years serving in a leper colony in Hawaii? Why did Mother Teresa establish homes for men dying of AIDs? It’s not for money. It’s not for recognition. It’s not a plan to increase our numbers and our social influence. It’s not even because the Church is committed to taking care of her own. It matters not at all to any of these institutions or individuals whether the people they’re serving are Catholic. They don’t have to be Catholic. They can even be anti-Catholic. We don’t do it for ourselves; we do it for love. We do it because we understand that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God. Each, no matter how small or weak or wounded or messed up, is completely unique and infinitely precious. We understand that all human life -including every child in the womb-is a gift to be received, cherished, and served, not abused, not manipulated, not degraded, not destroyed.