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St. John the Baptist Parish has recently named new leaders of our Culture of Life Ministry Team.  They are Sherri and Mat Brickley who have moved to Utah recently from Kansas.  They will be more fully introduced soon.

 This Culture of Life initiative by Bishop Solis is to help us understand the more comprehensive nature of what it means to be ‘Pro-Life’.  Often being ‘Pro-Life’ is equated with being passionately against abortion.  It is that of course; however, we also understand pro-life as being aware of and supporting the dignity of human life at every stage, from conception to natural death.  In fact, being pro-life begins before conception.  Being properly prepared for a pregnancy ensures the most peaceful and healthy experience possible even in the womb.  When we birth our children will they come into a world that is soul-friendly?  Will they have a family and community that will help them identify and develop their spiritual gifts and charisms so they can live a fully human life?   Will they find work that is really meaningful and somehow contributes to the common good and is consistent with God’s plan and order for the world?  What if we are elderly and sick or in need of spiritual healing and renewal, can we as a community and neighborhood provide a genuinely helpful outreach.

 A couple decades ago, St. John Paul II called Western Civilization a ‘culture of death.’  The antidote to a culture of death, is a culture of life.  What is the prescription for a genuine culture of life?  We can certainly start with our experiences of discipleship and stewardship.  We have many, many aspects of a genuine culture of life already in action here at St. John the Baptist Parish; with greater attention and awareness we will soon be bearing even more fruits in our community life together.