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February 20, 2008

May the Holy Face of Christ shine upon you and through you!

I would like us to meditate and act upon the truth of our Missionary spirituality as a lifestyle. One of the most profound ways of living a Missionary of the Gospel of Life lifestyle is to embrace what we might call, the Theology of the Face or incarnational and sacramental living. The intentional practicing of the Theology of the Face and sacramental living is a most blessed, honorable, and transforming lifestyle. The following is the introduction to the article, Face to face:

Theology of the Face, the Incarnation and Sacramental Living: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth; and we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only son from the Father" (John 1:1; 14).

A holy hush comes over us and the knees of our lives are bowed in humble adoration in response to these words and the miracle of the Incarnation - the "infleshment" - of God in Jesus Christ. The Incarnation has the most profound implications for one's faith and life and has been the chief agent in the extension of compassion, mercy, justice, kindness and salvation throughout the earth. We are called upon to embrace His Incarnation, to live it and to see His presence in the face of every human person, especially the least.

I ask that you prayerfully read the entire article, Face to face. You may find the article at: www.priestsforlife.org/articles/facetoface.htm. I would appreciate your personal reflections and applications of this practice. A good format for our conversing would be our new MEV-Online Community Site.

If you have not registered for the MEV-Online Community, please do so today. If you have already registered, please increase your participation and build relationships with other Lay Missionaries. The site to register may be found at, www.pfl-mev.org/user/CreateUser.aspx. The address for the Community site is, www.pfl-mev.org.

If you have not made your promises yet and are over ten months into your formation, please review the video email www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/july07letter.htm and take the next step. If you need any clarification or assistance with the process, do not hesitate to call upon us.

In closing, let us intentionally practice the Theology of the Face. Let us not look at another, speak to another or touch another, without first looking for the Face of Jesus in the other. I look forward to hearing your reflections on Face to face-The Theology of the Face, www.priestsforlife.org/articles/facetoface.htm.

I eagerly look forward to seeing you, Face to face.

Jim Pinto, Jr. M.E.V.
Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life
National Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Associates
E-mail: Missionary@priestsforlife.org