October 2, 2006

Dear Lay Associates:

I pray this letter finds you assured of Christ’s love and victory!

I write you to share a wonderful prayer by Father Frank, and to ask your prayers for me as I share on EWTN’s, The Journey Home.

Fr. Frank recently sent me a new prayer he had written; and you were on his mind as he emailed it to me. You will see copied below some of the actual email and the new prayer he has written for our mission in promoting the Gospel of Life.

Jim,

Prayer for Joyful Fidelity to our Mission

Lord God,
We thank you for our salvation in Jesus Christ.
We thank you for the call he gives us –
Not a call to sit in a corner cowering in fear over our enemies,
Mystified about how to overcome the Culture of Death,
Despondent because of our sins,
Or worried about the perceived political strength of our opponents.

Rather, it is a call to stand victorious in the light of the Resurrection
And to proclaim to the Culture of Death:
“You have been conquered!
You have no place here,
No power to defeat the forces of truth and goodness!”

Yes, Lord, we stand in that light
And we are filled with joy –
Not a superficial joy that rises and falls
With the ebb and flow of circumstances beyond our control,
But with the profound joy
That only you can give
And that nobody can take away.

In the strength of that joy,
May we your people continue to proclaim your truth
And share your grace
Not only within the walls of our Churches,
But in the halls of government,
In the voting booth,
In the media,
And in every inch of the public square.

Lord, in our work for you, may we find you.
In our efforts to change the world, may we ourselves be changed.
In our struggle to build a Culture of Life, may we find life eternal.
We pray through Christ our Lord.

Speaking of prayer, I ask for yours, as I share my testimony on EWTN's (Eternal Word Television Network) The Journey Home. The Live Show airs Monday, October 2nd, 8:00 P.M. Encores: Tuesday 1:00 and 10:00 A.M., Wednesday: 1:00 P.M. and Saturday: 11:00 P.M. (all times are Eastern). If you would like to be part of the show you may call in on, Monday at 8:00 PM Eastern Time: 1.800.221.9460. The web-link for the Journey Home is: www.ewtn.com/journeyhome/index.asp

United with you in prayer and “Joyful Fidelity to Our Mission!”

Jim Pinto, Jr.
National Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Association.
Missionary@Priestsforlife.org