Spreading the gospel of life doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some inspiring ideas to help you build a culture of life in your own neighborhood.
by Laura Kizior and Mary Kizior
Saint John Paul II calls for each of us to do our part to spread the culture of life—the pro-life message—in the world. Easier said than done, right? Praying for an end to abortion during family prayer time or focusing on strengthening family relationships are ways you can be pro-life in the home, but that’s not where being pro-life ends. There also comes a time when you and your family have to become evangelizers in your own community.
Show your pro-life colors
Put up a pro-life yard sign in your yard that shows others you support moms and babies. If conflagrations with neighbors arise because of your sign, use it as a teaching moment for your kids—we always show respect for others, whether or not they agree with us.
Sport a snazzy pro-life T-shirt. Wearing a pro-life T-shirt while you’re cutting the grass, gardening, or even just walking the dog is another way to evangelize the culture of life in your neighborhood. While you won’t always know the effect of being public about your belief in the sanctity of every human being’s life, sometimes wearing your pro-life shirt in public will spark a fruitful discussion.
Put a pregnancy resource center bumper sticker on your car. You will never know how many lives you save simply by giving another option to women in desperate situations. Plus, it makes your car easier to find in parking lots.
There are too many elderly people who are lonely because they have very few people who visit them. Show your elderly neighbors that you care about them by spending a few moments of your time with them. Offer to help them with difficult tasks around their homes.
Here’s an activity to get all the kids involved: Make cards for the senior citizens of your neighborhood. Write them a card that expresses how they are valued and that says you are there if they need someone. Help them feel loved and cherished, for no one should feel abandoned or unwanted.
Don’t forget about respecting the dignity of every person in other stages of life. Volunteer (or volunteer one of your older kids) to babysit for an expectant couple or for a single mom who needs a day off.
As the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words. We have to show people what being pro-life means: we can’t just tell them. True change in the world starts in your own community, taking care of your neighbors. Each person must do his part to help create a better place for the future.
Get the community to participate
The next step is to involve your friends and neighbors in pro-life work. Organize pro-life activities in your neighborhood—like a diaper drive or a baby bottle collection—and use them as ways to share the Gospel of Life with your neighbors.
Use your volunteer efforts as an opportunity to talk about why helping moms in difficult situations is the most compassionate approach to an unplanned pregnancy. Most people agree that abortion should be reduced because it indicates a serious social problem, but few understand the real need to help moms. Be sure to point out that their donations will directly assist women in their own community.
Feeling ambitious? Invite your neighbors to learn about pro-life topics in your living room. Host a parent and teen night to learn about topics like euthanasia, abortion or Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, using the Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger? video series from the Culture of Life Studies Program.
No matter how you choose to share the Gospel of Life in your neighborhood, always try to reach others with kindness and compassion. By being a witness for the culture of life in your day-to-day activities and in your neighborhood, you are directly helping to change society for the better. Remember that change starts with you—in your home and in your community.