Archbishop Naumann released the declaration ahead of Respect for Life Month, which is celebrated each year in October.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The âfaithful confidence and courageâ of Saint Joseph provides a powerful pro-life witness, said an American bishop, marking the start of the Month of Respect for Life in the Year of Saint Joseph.
“As faithful protector of Jesus and Mary, we find in Saint Joseph a deep reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard and defend the precious gift of God of human life,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, wrote on September 27.
âDespite the mysterious circumstances surrounding Mary’s pregnancy, Saint Joseph welcomed her into his home at the word of the angel. He guided their journey to Bethlehem, found shelter, and welcomed the infant Jesus as his son. When Herod threatened the life of the Child Jesus, Saint Joseph left his homeland and fled with Jesus and Mary to Egypt.
Pope Francis declared the Year of Saint Joseph, from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.
Archbishop Naumann released the declaration ahead of Respect for Life Month, which is celebrated each year in October. He noted that abortion and the efforts of lawmakers to provide a taxpayer-funded abortion remain a deep problem.
âLike Saint Joseph, we are also called to take care of those whom God has entrusted to us, especially vulnerable mothers and children. We can follow in Saint Joseph’s footsteps as a protector in advocating against taxpayer funded abortion, which targets the lives of millions of poor children and their mothers here in the United States.
Archbishop Naumann encouraged those who wish to help mothers in need or those struggling with difficult pregnancies to consider getting involved or starting âWalking with Moms in Needâ chapters in their parishes.
âSometimes we can feel unsure of our ability to respond to the Lord’s call. But he invites us to respond faithfully, despite our own fears or weaknesses, âconcluded Mgr Naumann.
âMay we imitate the faithful confidence and courage of Saint Joseph as we work to defend the dignity of every human life. Saint Joseph, defender of life, pray for us!