Diocese of Reno
Repect Life Commission
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The members of the Respect Life Commission are :
Fr. Mark Hanifan, Priest Moderator Mark Foxwell, Chairman
Linda Ugalde, Executive Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Avansino Sue Barnes Toni Berry Steve Brown Melissa Clement Lori Courtney
Connie Foxwell Ed Horodko Julianna Jervis Karen Mowry
Bishop Calvo's Message to our Youth October 2014
Respect Life Schools Mass
October 10, 2014
Bishop Randolph Calvo
"I enjoy reading science fiction and watching some scifi movies, especially if they involve space travel. For my generation, a popular series on TV was Star Trek. The characters in the stories were a variety of people from planets from distant and nearby galaxies. There were humans from Earth but also Vulcans like Spock and Klingons and Romulans. There was also someone who looked like a human being and in many ways acted human but was not. He was an android—not the mobile device—but a machine that looked like a human being and had such advanced computer technology that he could almost think like us. His name appropriately was Data and that’s what he did: his computer mind could process data, information for the spaceship’s journey into outer space. He was a remarkable invention, but he was not a human being. Something was lacking. It was the spark of life.
"Today technology is coming out with more and more remarkable inventions, robots that could mimic human behavior and do all kinds of work and computers with artificial intelligence so powerful and complex that they could think faster than we can imagine. But however amazing these things are, they cannot come close to the masterpiece that is a human being—the masterpiece that we are. We are not human inventions but the creation of God, gifted with the Creator’s ability to fashion and make wonderful and beautiful things.
"We continue to learn more and more about how our human body works and the intricate and complex interplay of bones, muscles, organs, nerves and fluids. The more we learn the more we are amazed at how marvelous is God’s creation. In the Bible, there is a psalm (139), a song, which gives voice to how awesome is the human being: O God, “you formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you have made me; wonderful are your works.”
"Today we gather for our annual Respect Life Mass and we give thanks to God for the gift of human life, its wonder and beauty. Pope Francis says that “each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation.”
"This masterpiece is not just the body but the human person. You are endowed with free will; you are able to make choices; and you can know right from wrong. You can create and craft beauty. After communion, we will present the winners of the poster contest. These are fellow students who use their talents in art to communicate a message about respecting human life. That’s another aspect of the masterpiece that is the human person: the ability to explore and invent, to create art and make music and tell stories.
"But above all, the human person is a masterpiece because you can love. The android in Star Trek could look and act like a human but he could not feel: he could not love. The human person is able to share love between friends; to have the kind of love that brings together a woman and a man in marriage; or a love that binds together a family. Love is evident by the respect, kindness and concern we give to others and our willingness to forgive one another. And love is powerful when our concern is not just about ourselves—our self-interest-- but others who are in need--strangers even--who suffer from poverty or violence, people who are vulnerable or have no voice, such as the baby in a mother’s womb, children who face physical and mental challenges, those living which disabilities. Our love for others, especially those in the margins of society, the powerless and the forgotten, is the mark of our humanity.
"As Pope Francis says, “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation” and this masterpiece stands out in beauty when we care for and respect the gift of human life".
Watch this 1 minute video of Pope Francis joyfully reaching out to the vulnerable, those he calls "Masterpieces of God's Creation."