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
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
- Studying of John Paul II’s Encyclical “The Gospel of Life” with
the companion Study Guide from Priests for Life. You may order
the Study Guide and Encyclical at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Receiving and 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.
Further Life Steps for growth:
1. 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 Monthly of Life.
2. Monthly (First Friday) Examination Of Conscience
3. 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.
4.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.
5. Order and distribute the Lay Affiliates brochure and prayer
6. Read the archive of correspondence from Jim.
*Prayer of Consecration
Precious Lord, I consecrate myself to you this day
so that I may love you with all my heart, soul, mind and
strength and love my neighbor as myself.
I promise to live a chaste, obedient, and simple
life of faith and to nurture these promises
through the spiritual disciplines of
prayer, study, community and apostolic witness.
I ask all this through Jesus Christ, the
Author of Life. Amen!
(by Jim Pinto, Jr.)
We are working on coordinating visits and Life Cell gatherings
in your area. Please, let me know if you would be willing to
assist me or one of our staff with a visit to your State or
city? I also ask you to help me spread the word to those you
think might be interested in being a Lay Missionary. Please,
email a personal invitation to you friends asking them to visit
www.priestsforlife.org/missionary and consider inquiring about a
personal association with you and the Missionaries of the Gospel
of Life. It is imperative that they fill out their responses at
the end of the document to receive information from us. Also, if
you know of someone who has contacted us but has not received a
reply, please encourage them to contact us again at the email
address listed below.
I look forward to building our relationship and extending the
culture of life with you.
Our prayers and work unite us,
Pastoral Associate: Priests
Coordinator: Missionaries of
the Gospel of Life-Lay Association