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February 2, 2009

 Dear Missionary of the Gospel of Life,

Greetings in the Name of the Lord of Life!

Annual rallies and marches for life increased significantly on the 36th anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States.

The Washington D.C. March for Life had approximately 300,000 participants and may be one of the largest crowds to ever march there. The San Francisco and Portland, Oregon marches saw increases in multiple thousands of pro-life people. Birmingham, Alabama saw its gathering nearly double in size and their diocesan bishop, Robert J. Baker, celebrate the first pre-march Respect Life Mass in the Cathedral of St. Paul, literally filled with the People of Life.

The above are just a few examples of the ongoing growth and renewal of the Pro-life Movement in our day. In the face of a government administration that seeks to expand abortion in our nation and throughout the world, we should be encouraged that the grass roots movement of the People of Life continues to increase unabated! We must keep our eyes on Jesus who presides as Lord, and not be deterred by the actions of the new administration and congress. The words of John Paul II ring out as true and timely as they did in his Denver, Colorado 1993 address A Celebration of Life:

Have no fear. The outcome of the battle for life is already decided, even though the struggle goes on against great odds and with much suffering. This certainty is what the second reading declares: "Christ is now raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep ... so in Christ all will come to life again" (1 Cor. 15:2022).

Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places like the first apostles, who preached Christ and the good news of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel (cf. Rom. 1: 16). It is the time to preach it from the rooftops (cf. Mt. 10:27). Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern "metropolis." It is you who must "go out into the byroads" (Mt 22:9) and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for his people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt. 5:15-16).

Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, now is the time to deepen our devotion and faith in the One who holds the keys of hell and death, Jesus Christ the Lord! Strive to deepen your Prayer and increase your Apostolic Witness, for His Honor and Glory!

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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