Priests for Life announced today that it will republish, along with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, “The Way of the Cross for Families.” This devotional booklet gives substantial meditations on each of the stations of the cross, incorporating the great themes of life and family which the Church defends and promotes amidst the Culture of Death.
The booklet was originally jointly published by Priests for Life and the Pontifical Council for the Family for the Jubilee Year 2000, shortly after Fr. Frank Pavone returned to the United States after having served as an official of the Council. At that time, the Council’s President, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez-Trujillo, wanted to give to the faithful a devotional that would enable them to more deeply understand and commit themselves to the Church’s vision of the role of the family. That vision is intimately connected to the events of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. Through the Paschal Mystery, the Lord brings us into that communion of life and love which are the very essence of God, and from which the family draws its very nature.
Fr. Frank Pavone stated, “We look forward to making The Way of the Cross for Families available again to the People of God. Meditation on the Lord’s Passion is a powerful tool to stay strong in the battle for life and family. When I worked at the Vatican, we often said in the office, ‘There can be no life without family, and there can be no family without life.’ Defense of life and family require an absolute commitment, the kind that Jesus exhibited in his passion.”
The Council’s current President is Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, who recently invited Priests for Life to take part in a special gathering of leaders in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (March 25). On that occasion, Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana presented a formal update on the pro-life movement in North America.