Respect Life Sunday is observed every year on the first Sunday in October, which begins Respect for Life Month. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid.” The following is an excerpt from the Respect Life Program, 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “When someone is facing great trials, we need to meet them where they are, walk with them on their journey, intercede for them, and be open to sharing Christ’s love however he directs. When a woman becomes pregnant, and her boyfriend threatens to leave if she continues the pregnancy, we need to lovingly walk with her. When family members or friends become seriously ill, we need to assure them that God still offers them something in this life, and they still have purpose. We need to consistently be with them every step of the way. Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person’s heart; we simply need to follow where he leads.”May God grant us courage to embrace his precious gift of life, even in the most difficult of circumstances. www.usccb.org/respectlife.