May 26, 2009
Dear Missionary of the Gospel of Life:
But you will receive power when the Holy
Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in
Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth (Acts 1.8).
This Promise, especially fulfilled at
Pentecost, was true for His first disciples and is still a gift
for His Church today.
As we near the Feast of Pentecost, I invite
you to make some time to reflect on the Third Person of the
Trinity and to encounter Him intimately and in power. The work
of witnessing for Jesus and the Gospel of Life has its origin,
continuance, and completion in the power and grace of the Holy
Like the first disciples, let us unite in
prayerful preparation for the Spirit’s power by praying the
Pentecost Novena for Life
Let us also reflect on the working of the
Holy Spirit by reading some of Fr. Frank's writings such as, The
Holy Spirit and Abortion:
following excerpts should give us good reason to read this
article in its entirety:
“‘We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord
and Giver of Life.’ Christians pray these words each Sunday as
they worship God in churches throughout the world. At the same
time, the life which the Holy Spirit gives is being attacked and
destroyed by abortion. In the United States alone, some 4000
children are legally killed each day by this surgical
“For a people filled with the Spirit, this
is a tragedy that cannot possibly be ignored. Nor can we doubt
for a moment that the Spirit who gives life will also give us
all we need to defend it.”
“The same Holy Spirit who created the
universe, descended upon the womb of Mary, came as tongues of
fire at Pentecost, and leads the Church on her mission, is the
One who calls and equips us for our pro-life work. Let us not
lack for a moment the confidence and the joy which come from
Him, and which impel us to build a Culture of Life.”
You may also hear Fr. Frank’s inspiring
homilies and teachings on the Holy Spirit:
The number of fully Professed and
Spirit-filled Missionaries of the Gospel of Life is
increasing. Since May began, we have had 6 Promise Ceremonies,
as several of our MEV made their Promises to God and to Fr.
Pavone or other priests, to spend the rest of their lives doing
all in their power to defend and promote human life! Juliana,
Genevieve, Margaret, Pat, Lana, and Michelle have individually
made their Promises and can now use the initials "M.E.V." next
to their names. They represent our latest Professed Missionaries
of the Gospel of Life, who now total 103!
On June 20, Fr. Pavone is willing to hold a
Promise Ceremony at the National Right to Life Conference in
Charlotte, NC, and on July 10, Fr. Pavone will be receiving the
Promises of several Missionaries at the Rachel's Vineyard
Conference in Malvern, PA. If any of you have been registered as
Missionaries for at least 10 months and if you are willing to
work very hard to complete your Assessment Form (www.priestsforlife.org/missionary/lay-assessment-form.pdf),
and request that your pastor promptly complete his
Recommendation Form for you, it is still possible that you could
make your Promises to Fr. Pavone at this NRL or Rachel's
We are also happy to work with you in
scheduling a “Promise Ceremony” in your local area. Please reply
today and let us know how we may assist you in participating in
a national or local ceremony.
There are many of you who made FIRST
PROMISES over a year ago, and we look forward to you making your
FINAL Promises to God either through a formal Promise Ceremony,
or by completing the Promises form and mailing it in. To find
out about these options, please contact us at the email address
Please mark your calendars for the next
NATIONAL MEV TELECONFERENCE/WEBCAST on Thursday, June 25,
beginning at 9PM Eastern Time. You will be receiving more
information on this National Life Cell gathering.
May your prayer and study of the Holy Spirit
lead to deeper conversion, intimacy with God and a heavenly fire
that burns with missionary zeal for the Gospel of Life.
Jim Pinto, Jr. M.E.V.
Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life
National Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay
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latest MEV Promise Ceremony?
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