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Thank you for your prayers for the protection of human life! Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service begins March 25, 2020 on the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s landmark pro-life encyclical, The Gospel of Life. As part of this nationwide effort, the monthly Pray for Life prayer intentions and reflections focus on the needs of pregnant and parenting moms of young children in our parishes and our neighborhoods.
May The Gospel of Life’s 25th anniversary spark widespread zeal for serving expectant mothers facing difficult circumstances.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
On March 25, 2020, the Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of the papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life). This prophetic document, written by Pope St. John Paul II, reaffirmed the Church’s constant teaching on the value and inviolability of every human life.
The Gospel of Life highlights the special and particular role of women in bearing the gift of life. St. John Paul II offers heartfelt thanks to “heroic mothers,” who, placing their trust in God, “devote themselves to their own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth to their children and who are ready to make any effort, to face any sacrifice, in order to pass on to them the best of themselves” (EV 86). The Holy Father also outlines many challenges that expectant mothers may face, recognizing that an “unborn child is totally entrusted to the protection and care of the woman carrying him or her in the womb” (EV 58). For this reason, it is particularly important that the Church come alongside mothers, offering encouragement, assistance, and support that is life-affirming for both them and their children.
Observe the anniversary of The Gospel of Life by reading section 87 of this prophetic encyclical on the dignity of the human person.
There’s still time for your parish to join Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service, which kicks off this month. Visit WalkingWithMoms.com for more information.
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