The Church teaches that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Because of this fact, every human life is sacred. Every life is worth living. There is nothing anyone can do to take this dignity away. All of our Catholic social teaching flows from this principle. People are more important than things.
Life & Dignity of the Human Person
As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural
death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights and leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.
Related Social Issues
- war and terrorism
- the death penalty
- assisted suicide
God our Father, creator of all, help us to understand the value of all human life from conception until natural death. Help us to respect all people, from children not-yet-born to those who are old, the strong and the weak, rich and poor, those with disabilities, those who speak other languages and those who cannot speak at all. Help us to speak out in words and action when someone is not being respected, especially who cannot speak for themselves. We ask this all in Jesus’ name.
God of all life, Help us to appreciate the great gift that is human life formed in your image, a reflection of your holiness.
Help us to recognize you in all whom you have created:
Children not yet born, families affected by poverty and war, people of different abilities, people from other lands, and all who are victims of hatred and racism.
Help us to bear witness to the dignity of all whom you have created, regardless of stage of life, or wealth, or ability, or color, or creed, for every person is fully equal in your loving eyes.
Share with us your holy knowledge that we are all your children, each bestowed with inherent dignity.
Through Christ our Lord.