In reference to the two Letters to the Editor concerning capital punishment and abortion that appeared in the Jan. 23 issue of The Catholic Commentator, I’d like to offer my opinions.

I think it would be fair to say that most of us do not like to see anyone killed, murdered, aborted, executed or whatever term we use when someone’s life is terminated by another human being. As Catholics, we understand, and believe (I hope), that ALL human life is sacred. We are ALL made in the image and likeness of God and should all agree that human life is the greatest gift from our Creator. In my opinion, we should not try to equate or measure what type of life is more important than the other. We should not try to assume that God’s love for the righteous is greater than his love for the sinner. I believe God’s love is 100 percent for every human life he created … without questions or without conditions.

I think the approach and challenge we as Catholics have concerning those who face a death sentence should be:

How can we get them to know and love their creator?

How can we get them to experience God’s unconditional love and forgiveness?

How can we get them into full communion with the church?

These three points are more important to me as a Catholic, than trying to determine if one life has less value or more value than the other.

Jesus challenges us to visit people in prison… (Mt 25:44 NAB)

Jesus commands us to love our neighbor… (Mt 22:39 NAB)

Jesus instructs us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us… (Mt 5:44 NAB)

Jesus reminds us to love one another as he loves us… (Jn 15:12 NAB)

I think nothing would be more pleasing to our heavenly father than for him to see us protecting the life of the unborn, to see us speaking out against euthanasia, to see us standing up against embryonic destruction and to see us showing mercy and compassion to the condemned.

In God’s eyes, I truly believe that we are ALL important … 100 percent …nothing less!

Jay Jackson

Baton Rouge