August 2006 

Dear Missionary of the Gospel of Life-Lay Associate: 

It is always a delight for me to write you and to deepen our unity as Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. 

The first Friday of the month Pro-Life Examination of Conscience (contained in prayer booklet mentioned below) is a wonderful spiritual discipline by which we keep the "oil" of our faith clean as it runs through the engine of our apostolate on behalf of life. It is expected that all Lay Missionaries participate in this discipline each first Friday. If we miss, we are to fulfill this discipline as soon as possible and not put it off for another month. 

This month I ask you to read and reflect upon The Promises our Lay Affiliates Profess and What our Constitutions Say about our Lay Affiliates.  It is imperative that we know the promises of the Society, where the grace comes from to fulfill them, and to faithfully prepare ourselves to make the promises when the time comes to do so. The Lay Affiliate/Associate section of the Constitutions helps us to understand who the affiliates are, the relationship between their own community/vocation and the Society, and the formation and holiness that is expected of the Affiliate/Associate.  

You should frequent our website for study and updates. A new online registration form now makes it easier for people to join the Missionaries. Please review the new form and spread the word to those who might be interested in the Society. I ask your prayers, participation, and patience as we slowly but steadily develop local Life Cell gatherings and facilitators to conduct them. Contact me regarding your participation. 

Be sure to have plenty of Missionary resources on hand for your growth and for the equipping and recruiting of others to establish a culture of life. 

United with you in the "defense of the right to life, and union with the Society's mission, goals, and spirituality."  (Promises: Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life) 

Jim Pinto
Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life
Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Association
missionary@priestsforlife.org