December 29, 2008

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Dear Missionary of the Gospel of Life:

As we conclude one year and begin another, it is important that we make time for personal reflection.  

As a part of this reflection I am asking the Missionaries to prayerfully work through the Pro-Life Examination of Conscience at www.priestsforlife.org/brochures/examine.html.

This examination will help with our personal reflection, repentance and fresh start into the New Year.

It will also set a pattern for praying the Examination on each First Friday of the year. 

As one wise man said, “The unexamined life is a life not worth living.”

The Pro-Life Examination of Conscience and reflecting on our MEV Promises are wonderful ways to assist us in "worthy living" this New Year and always. 

At this time of new beginning, I also ask you to especially focus on our “Promises” as Missionaries of the Gospel of Life at www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/laypromises.htm.

I would like to address three particular groups of Missionaries and the relationship of the Promises to your lives and ministries: 

-Those of you who have made your Life Time Promises: Prayerfully read over the Promises at www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/laypromises.htm and ask the Lord how He would have you live out your Promises in the New Year. Also make an effort to assist Missionaries in Formation in your area to move forward with the making of their Promises. 

-Those of you who have made your First Promises: From this point forward Missionaries will only be making Promises that are permanent (for your life time). You may affirm your desire for permanent Promises in either of two ways:

First, you may download the permanent Promises Sheet www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/permanent-profession.pdf, prayerfully sign it, make a copy, and then mail the original back to: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, P.O. Box 141172 Staten Island, NY 10314.

You also have the option of moving forward with a Ceremony at which you can make your permanent Promises.

Either way, I ask that you would please let us know your plans today.  

-Those of you who are at least 10 months into your Formation process but who have not yet made Promises: Whether it has been 10 months or several years, I strongly encourage you to move forward with the making of your permanent Promises.

Please download, fill in and return your Assessment Form www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/lay-assessment-form.pdf. The answers for the form are found on our MEV site, www.missionariesofthegospeloflife.org and in your MEV-Manual.

We welcome your questions or concerns, and we are standing ready to assist you in this process.  

I am looking forward to helping our Missionaries grow and strengthen in number and in spiritual solidarity.

Let us come together in prayer and action in a concerted way this New Year...  

In the Name of the One Who makes all things new, 

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

Have you made your MEV Promises? www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/july07letter.htm 

Have you registered for the MEV-Community Site? www.pfl-mev.org/user/CreateUser.aspx 

MEV materials: www.priestsforlife.org/store/c-47-missionaries-of-the-gospel-of-life.aspx