Dear Friend of Life:
On behalf of Fr. Frank Pavone, I want to tell you how
pleased we are that you have responded to the recent letter
outlining the vision for the Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of
Life. You are on your way to membership in this exciting
apostolic society for life.
I wanted to be sure that
we are united together in the first steps outlined in the
previous email and will also mention some further
opportunities, as you prepare for the training period which
leads to making the promises of the association.
First, the areas you should be working on (some you may have
Daily praying: The Prayer to End Abortion (see
Studying of John Paul II’s
Encyclical “The Gospel of Life” with the companion Study Guide
from Priests for Life. You can read them on this website or
order them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
responding to Fr. Pavone's bi-weekly columns. This will be an
ongoing resource for the four overarching disciplines of
prayer, study, community and witness (request it at
Actively engaging in the
Apostolic Witness to the Gospel of Life through your parish,
local ministries, work and family witness.
Life Steps for growth:
Join this *Prayer of Consecration
(below) to the daily Prayer to End Abortion. These two unique
prayers unite us as Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.
Read and meditate upon the overview of the vision of the Lay
Missionaries. Pray over, and be ready to share the basic
components and vision of the Missionaries with others.
Participating in some structured form of ongoing daily prayer
and study: An abbreviated form of the daily office/breviary
like the Magnificat, www.magnificat.net, Living with Christ,
www.livingwithchrist.us, or other companions.
Precious Lord, I consecrate myself to you
so that I may love you with all my heart, soul,
strength and love my neighbor as myself.
promise to live a chaste, obedient, and simple
faith and to nurture these promises
through the spiritual
prayer, study, community and apostolic
I ask all this through Jesus Christ, the
of Life. Amen!
(by Jim Pinto, Jr.)
Some things to
expect in the near future:
a) Further development of
the new web page www.priestsforlife.org/missionary, providing
you with the latest information and resources you need for
b) A new brochure on
the Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.
on the Vision, Promises and Four Overarching Disciplines of
d) Notification of Priests for Life
clergy and pastoral associates visiting your area to further
equip you and other local lay missionaries, including by
pro-life retreats for lay men and women.
campaigns and efforts to undo the culture of death and
establish a culture of life.
I look forward to
building our relationship and extending the culture of life
Our prayers and work unite us,
Pastoral Associate: Priests For Life