First one thousand days, building a Catholic Culture of Life, from April 18th, 2016, to January 8th, 2019, we’ll join the Diocese of Boise Office of Respect Life, and Idaho Catholics Respect Life, partnering with Salt & Light Catholic Radio, in reflecting on the first 143 weeks of life from the moment of conception in the life of the Child.
Where all are welcomed and loved with mercy.
The one thousand days from conception through a child's second birthday are the most crucial for a child's development. These 1000 days are our best opportunity to shape a healthier, more prosperous future for the child.
April 23, 2017 Week 54 Listen!
A life without challenges doesn't exist and that is one reason a child needs a mother. Divine Mercy Sunday!
April 16, 2017 Week 53 Listen!
Breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day. The reality is that almost all women can breastfeed, have enough milk for their babies and learn how to overcome problems both large and small. It is almost always simply a matter of practical knowledge and not a question of good luck. Happy Easter!
April 9, 2017 Week 52 Listen!
This (new) period of parenting is an intense one. Never will we know such responsibility, such productive and hard work, such potential for isolation in the caretaking role and such intimacy and close involvement in the growth and development of another human being. Holy Week Blessings.
April 2, 2017 Week 51 Listen!
My birth mother brought me into this world, but it was my adoptive parents who gave me life.
March 26, 2017 Week 50 Listen!
Of the approximately 120 million children born in the developing world each year, around 60 million -- half -- children are born into homes without access to sanitation, one-fifth in households without access to improved drinking-water sources, at grave risk to their survival and development.
March 19, 2017 Week 49 Listen!
The men who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.
March 12, 2017 Week 48 Listen!
"Each time we witness a baptism, we have a golden moment to share the joy of a new life." Pope Francis
March 5, 2017 Week 47 Listen!
The USCCB recognizes the importance of finding means to reduce carbon pollution. The standards to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants and thereby mitigate climate change should protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities, from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change.
February 26, 2017 Week 46 Listen!
Adoption has the dimension of connection -- not only to your own tribe, but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties and family. It is a larger embrace. By adopting, we stretch past our immediate circles and, by reaching out, find an unexpected sense of belonging with others.
February 19, 2017 Week 45 Listen!
Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed their young at the Sistine Chapel. Baptizing 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel, Francis told mothers to feel relaxed about feeding them. Francis said earlier that women should feel comfortable about breast feeding during these ceremonies.
February 12, 2017 Week 44 Listen!
"Being a protector means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about." Pope Francis
February 5, 2017 Week 43 Listen!
Both the courage and trust of those who decide to place their babies for adoption and the enthusiasm of those who adopt them are overwhelmingly vindicated by the tens of thousands of successful adoptions that take place in this country every year.
January 29, 2017 Week 42 Listen!
The New Testament begins with Matthew's story of Joseph and Mary's escape to Egypt with their newborn son, Jesus, because the paranoid and jealous King Herod wanted to kill the infant. Our Savior himself lived as a refugee because his own land was not safe.
January 22, 2017 Week 41 Listen!
Malnourished women give birth to malnourished children and are at risk of death during childbirth.
January 15, 2017 Week 40 Listen!
Children who suffer the most from environmental exposures are those yet unborn because they are the least capable of fending themselves from toxic exposures. Early exposure to neurotoxins like lead and mercury may result in lifelong developmental effects, permanently altering a child's intelligence and/or their development.
January 8, 2017 Week 39 Listen!
The developing baby in the womb when exposed to lead is at higher risk of being born prematurely and having low-weight at birth. The mother is at higher risk of a complicated pregnancy due to lead induced hypertension.
January 1, 2017 Week 38 Listen!
"Looking at the Child in the manger, Child of peace, our thoughts turn to those children who are the most vulnerable victims of wars..." ....Pope Francis
December 25, 2016 Week 37 Listen!
"The Child of Bethlehem is frail, like all newborn children. He cannot speak and yet he is the Word made flesh who came to transform the hearts and lives of all men and women. This Child, like every other child, is vulnerable; he needs to be accepted and protected. Today too, children need to be welcomed and defended, from the moment of their conception." Pope Francis
December 18, 2016 Week 36 Listen!
Hunger and poverty also mean poor access to prenatal care, leading to high maternal mortality. Maternal mortality has a precise definition: the death of a woman while pregnant or within six weeks of the end of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy. Most maternal deaths can be prevented when births are attended by skilled health personnel who are regularly supervised and have the proper equipment and supplies.
December 11, 2016 Week 35 Listen!
"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect." Pope Francis
December 4, 2016 Week 34 Listen!
According to 2012 figures most of the children who live in sub-Saharan Africa were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Over 700 children become newly infected with HIV each day. Pregnant women living with HIV who receive the most effective drug regimens (as recommended by World Health Organization) prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
November 27, 2016 Week 33 Listen!
Ensuring that pregnancies are healthy clearly can have a profound impact on women, children and society at large. Expectant mothers require adequate nutrition and good, accessible prenatal, delivery, obstetric and postnatal care.
November 20, 2016 Week 32 Listen!
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: More than 1 in 6 children born in the U.S. could be at risk for developmental disorders because of mercury exposure in the mother's womb.
November 13, 2016 Week 31 Listen!
About 17 million children are born underweight annually, the result of inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy. In developing countries, 16 percent of infants, or one in six, weigh less than 3.3 pounds at birth.
November 6, 2016 Week 30 Listen!
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
October 30, 2016 Week 29 Listen!
Ensuring that pregnancies are healthy clearly can have a profound impact on women, children and society at large. Expectant mothers require an environment free of pollutants, exhausting labor and extreme stress such as conflict.
October 23, 2016 Week 28 Listen!
In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI urged international leaders to reach a credible agreement on climate change, keeping in mind the needs of the poor and of future generations.
October 16, 2016 Week 27 Listen!
"The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right -- it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society." Pope Benedict XVI
October 9, 2016 Week 26 Listen!
"Unfortunately, in our own time ... there are many powers and forces that end up producing a culture of waste; and this tends to become the common mentality. The victims of this culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings -- the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, -- who are in danger of being 'thrown away', expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs." Pope Francis
October 2, 2016 Week 25 Listen!
There is growing evidence that malnutrition during the crucial period of human development--before and during a woman's pregnancy and during a child's first two years of life -- "programs" a person's future ability to regulate weight and affects brain development.
September 25, 2016 Week 24 Listen!
"Defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems." Pope Francis
Next Sunday is Respect Life Sunday!
September 19, 2016 Week 23 Listen!
"Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us." Pope Francis
September 11, 2016 Week 22 Listen!
Ensuring that pregnancies are healthy clearly can have a profound impact on women, children and society at large. Investments in maternal nutrition -- on protein, vitamin A and iron supplementation or fortification -- yield high returns.
September 4, 2016 Week 21 Listen!
"The world economy will only develop if it allows a dignified way of life for all human beings, from the eldest to the unborn child, not just for citizens of the G20 (the 20 major economies) member states but for every inhabitant of the earth, even those in extreme social situations or in the remotest places."
August 28, 2016 Week 20 Listen!
Pregnant women need an additional 500 to 700 calories per day, as well as extra protein and vitamins. Women who are underweight before pregnancy and who gain little weight during pregnancy are particularly likely to give birth to babies with low birth weight and are more likely to die as newborns than babies at a healthy weight.
August 21, 2016 Week 19 Listen!
"The goal of economics and politics is to serve humanity, beginning with the poorest and most vulnerable wherever they may be, even in their mothers' wombs." Pope Francis
August 14, 2016 Week 18 Listen!
Eliminating malnutrition among expectant mothers would reduce disabilities among their infants by almost one third.
August 7, 2016 Week 17 Listen!
A child's first environment is the mother's womb. Many chemicals can cross the placenta and may cause permanent damage to the child. Because children are exposed to environmental hazards at an earlier age than adults are, they have more time to develop slowly progressing environmentally triggered diseases.
July 31, 2016 Week 16 Listen!
Let's say yes to life and not to death.
July 24, 2016 Week 15 Listen!
The cognitive and physical damage caused by malnutrition during the 1,000-day window from pregnancy to the age of two is severe and often irreversible, with profound consequences for a child's future and the futures of communities and societies.
July 17, 2016 Week 14 Listen!
Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester, can shorten the gestation period leading to preterm births; and can cause congenital birth defects such as heart problems. It can also result in the loss of life.
July 10, 2016 Week 13 Listen!
90% of babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted.
July 3, 2016 Week 12 Listen!
Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester, can affect a child's growth (resulting in low birth weight and intrauterine growth retardation -- being born at or below 10th percentile for age in weeks).
June 26, 2016 Week 11 Listen!
Improving women's nutrition during pregnancy can help safeguard their health and ensure that their children get the best possible start in life.
June 19, 2016 Week 10 Listen!
Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Most babies are nameless until late in their mothers' pregnancies. But what is an inconvenient pregnancy to some is a unique and special person -- though nameless -- in the eyes of God.
June 12, 2016 Week 9 Listen!
Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is
loved. Each of us is necessary." Pope Benedict XVI
June 5, 2016 Week 8 Listen!
You are called to care for life in its initial stage; remind everyone, by word and deed, that this is sacred -- at each phase and at every age -- that it is always valuable. . . . There is no human life more sacred than another, just as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another." Pope Francis
May 29, 2016 Week 7 Listen!
It is hard to imagine a situation that so clearly illustrates this link between the environment and life issues as the impact of mercury and other toxic air pollution on children's health. Children, inside and outside the womb, are uniquely vulnerable to environmental hazards and exposure to toxic pollutants in the environment." U.S. Catholic Bishops
May 22, 2016 Week 6 Listen!
It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother's womb.
May 15, 2016 Week 5 Listen!
Peace is also threatened by every denial of human dignity... Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as 'unnecessary'. For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day..." Pope Francis
May 8, 2016 Week 4 Listen!
The regulations and all efforts to reduce the impact of climate change should respect human life and dignity, especially that of the poorest and most vulnerable: from children in the womb to the elderly." Pope Francis
May 1, 2016 Week 3 Listen!
Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world's rejection." Pope Francis
April 24, 2016 Week 2 Listen!
Children who are poorly nourished in the womb or before the age of 2 can suffer serious, often irreversible, physical and cognitive damage.
April 17, 2016 Week 1 Listen!
The word of the LORD came to me: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)