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June 9, 2008

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Dear Lay Missionary of the Gospel of Life:

What a gift God has given to us in Prayer, an intimate union with God! O, what joy unspeakable it is to converse, to intercede, to praise, to adore, and unite with the body of Christ in prayer. Prayer is to the Christian what breathing is to all humanity. Let us...

Be still then and know that I Am God...

As Missionaries of the Gospel of Life there are particular prayers and reflections that unite us. Among these are our daily Missionary Prayer to End Abortion and the daily M.E.V. Prayer of Consecration. Both prayers are printed on one prayer card.

Let's be sure to pray these two Missionary prayers together daily. Do you have this prayer card?

Our unity as Missionaries depends not only on our individual prayer disciplines, but on our unified discipline of prayer, including particular agreed upon prayers we offer to God together.

Besides Prayer, we need to Reflect on our behaviors and the direction our lives are taking. The unexamined life may be in serious danger. The First Friday of Every Month Pro-life Examination of Conscience, is another agreed upon and unique prayerful reflection of the Missionaries. It seems that every time I encounter these piercing questions, I am convicted, purified and better equipped to promote the Gospel of Life.

The first question seems to put our unity, equality and work for the pre-born in perspective: "Am I fully convinced that every abortion, at every stage of pregnancy, is the destruction of an innocent human life, which has the same value as my life, my parents' lives, and my children's lives?" Scores of other insightful questions follow to deepen our understanding and commitment to affirm the dignity of every human being at every stage and in every condition.

What a gift Fr. Frank has given to us in this excellent examination. Let us be faithful in this monthly reflective discipline. Do you have the In the Palm of His Hands prayer booklet that contains the examination and many other powerful pro-life prayers?

You may find and order the Missionary Prayer Card, In the Palm of His Hands and all other essential Lay Missionary equipping materials at www.priestsforlife.org/store/c-47-missionaries-of-the-gospel-of-life.aspx.

Be sure to have enough on hand for yourself and for those you want to introduce more fully to the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.

Lay Missionary Information to know:

-Registration for MEV-Community Site: http://pfl-mev.org/user/CreateUser.aspx

-Community Site: http://pfl-mev.org

-Have you made your promises? www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/july07letter.htm

-Local Gatherings / Life Cells www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/lifecellformats.htm

-New episodes of Fr. Frank Pavone's Defending Life show have begun on EWTN. It airs Friday's at 10:00pm and Saturday's at 2:30am. You can also listen on EWTN radio Friday's at 1am, Saturday's at 6:30pm and Sunday's at 5am. (All times Eastern). The show airing this Friday, June 13, will be of particular interest to the Lay Missionaries as Fr. Frank will speak about utilizing the Study Guide to Evangelium Vitae.

I cherish our unity in prayerful reflection, community, and ministry. Let us continue to build our relationships and through this, build a new Culture of Life.

Sincerely,

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

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