"Reflections" regarding THE PATH TO SOLIDARITY
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Prayer  ~~  "Come Spirit of Love!  

Come that as a result of our CONVERSION 
AND
 

COMMUNION,
 
a complete unity of all the peoples 
on this great
CONTINENT OF AMERICA 
may take place!

That beginning with 
The
CHURCH IN AMERICA  

SOLIDARITY,
 
never before seen 
on the face of this earth
, 
may result!

 

 

The ultimate foundation of human rights

At this particular time in history, we are unfortunately living in a world which is finding new ways to discount the value of the human person!  

It is a fact that this is occurring everyday, from even 
before
the moment of conception as in 
in-vitro fertilization
(test-tube babies) 
and 
continues to even before natural death, as in euthanasia
(mercy-killing).

As 
Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to unite all the different peoples throughout Mexico to come and venerate her miraculous image,

 she shall be instrumental 
in the uniting of 
all of the people of 
AMERICA 
to end the atrocities being committed against life!

LET US NOT BE LED INTO THE DECEPTIVE THINKING 
that the word
"life" should represent only the existence of one who has the ability to 
produce happiness or contribute to society!

THEREFORE, Pope John Paul II begins this portion of the document, 
THE CHURCH IN AMERICA,
 
with the statement that, 

 

"It is appropriate to recall that the 
FOUNDATION
ON WHICH ALL HUMAN RIGHTS REST IS THE DIGNITY OF THE PERSON." 

He continues,

"Godís masterpiece, 

MAN,
 
is made in 
THE 
DIVINE 
image
and likeness."
 

Therefore, it is extremely vital that we remember that the importance of the existence of the person,  


him or herself, is the
 
foundation stone

 
upon which rests any other
human right! 

Without the 
first right of being permitted to be born,
any talk about other rights is senseless!!!

Jesus, in His divinity, 

showed us how important the dignity or worth of our own 
human person
is,
 by 
His taking on our human nature~~
everything the same except for sin. 

 

AND

He redeemed us at a great price, which was His LIFE!  
He died that all mankind may be free!
 

Throughout the Gospel, we see how 
Jesus Christ reinforces the importance of the 
human person.

 

In Luke, Chapter 12, verses 22-28, 
Jesus speaks directly about the dignity of the human person. 

And He said to His disciples:  "Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on.  
The life is more than the meat, and the body is more than the raiment.  Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them.  
How much are you more valuable than they?  
And which of you, by taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?  
If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest?  
Consider the lilies, how they grow:  they labour not, neither do they spin.  But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.  
Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more you
,O ye of little faith?"  

In Mark, Chapter 2, verse 27, 

Jesus reinforces the dignity of the human person with these words:

"The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath."

In Matthew, Chapter 19, verses 5-8,

Our Lord speaks about the sanctity of marriage, which is where the dignity of new life is meant to begin: 

"For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.  
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.  What, therefore, God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
They {the Pharisees} say to Him:  Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?
He saith to them: 
"Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives:  but from the beginning it was not so."                                         

AND

In Chapter 19, verses 13-14,
Our Lord continues on, by
defending the dignity of children, who even in biblical times, were placed in an inferior position in society.

Then were little children presented to Him, that He should impose hands upon them and pray.  And the disciples rebuked Him.
But Jesus said to them:  "Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come to me:  for the kingdom of Heaven is for such."

 

In John, Chapter 8, verses 10-11, 

Our Lord, Himself, defends the dignity of women.

Then Jesus lifting up Himself, said to her:  "Woman, where are they that accused thee?  Hath no man condemned thee?"

Who {she} said:  "No man, Lord."  And Jesus said:  "Neither will I condemn thee.  Go, and now sin no more."

 

Our Holy Father continually reminds us that our dignity as 
children of God
is the very source, beginning, or well-spring of our human rights! 
BUT 
being true children of God, we also have been given 
extremely important responsibilities!  

One of these responsibilities is realizing the fact that because we have been made in
His
image and likeness, 

EVERY OFFENSE AGAINST THE DIGNITY OF MAN 
(BORN OR 

UNBORN) 

IS A DIRECT OFFENSE 
AGAINST GOD, Himself !!! 

Pope John Paul II reminds us that we must have respect for the dignity of all people, even if they are strangers or enemies. 

It is because of
this 
divine relationship with God
 
that we are ultimately 

entrusted
 
with the
responsibility 

to advance the rights of 
all 
persons and groups

within this 
great continent of America!

New Message of Hope 

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Solidarity