December 5, 2006

Dear Lay Missionary of the Gospel of Life:

I pray this letter finds you well and preparing for the advent of the Lord!

We can see and experience profoundly the Liturgical and Marian aspects of our Missionary spirituality this month.

You will see below Fr. Frank’s Newsletter summary of the liturgical celebrations this month, and the importance of connecting our Pro-life spirituality with them. Let us grow in the understanding of our mission and ministry by passionately entering into the Church’s worship of her Lord.

It is also important for us to remember that the Constitutions of our Society were approved by, The Most Reverend John Yanta, Bishop of Amarillo, on December 8, 2005 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), and the decree establishing the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life was signed by him on December 12, 2005 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe). Let us give special thanks for Fr. Pavone (Founder and Moderator General of the Missionaries) and Bishop Yanta, for their willingness to be used as God’s agents in establishing this most blessed Society of Apostolic Life.

Fr. Frank’s Newsletter: December Brings Special Pro-life Feasts

“The liturgical seasons and feasts always provide insight and incentive to our pro-life commitment, because they point to its source. The month of December, in particular, provides several high points.

The Advent season, of course, is a time to adore the Unborn Jesus. Christ redeemed human nature by assuming it, including in its earliest stages of development. Advent urges us to accompany in prayer, led by our heavenly Mother, all those mothers who are carrying children within them. Christmas, moreover, is not only the Feast of Christ’s Birth, but is more fundamentally the Feast of the Incarnation. All who share a human nature are in some way united with God through this event.

December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (nine months later being her birthday, September 8). Again, our attention is focused on the fact that God calls us from before our birth for the mission he has for us in life.

The patroness of the pro-life movement, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is honored on December 12, and the one to whom her image was revealed – St. Juan Diego – is honored on December 9. Our Lady’s image, in which she is pregnant, converted Aztecs and ended human sacrifice. The image today stops many abortions as it is brought to the killing centers worldwide.

December 28 is the feast of the Holy Innocents. They remind us of the thousands of babies slaughtered each day in the womb.

Finally, on December 31 this year, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. The family is the sanctuary of life, where life, both born and unborn, is to be welcomed and nurtured. Without family, there can be no life, and without life, there can be no family.”

May God’s grace be poured out upon you and yours this Advent, Christmas and New Year!

Jim Pinto, Jr.
Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life
National Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Association

P.S. I strongly recommend you see the movie, The Nativity Story.