Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
May God bless all those for whom adoption is part of their life story.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Adoption is a loving and generous way
for a child to be welcomed as part of a family. It can also include
uncertainty and other challenges—for children waiting to find families,
for parents placing their children for adoption, for couples waiting to
be matched with a child, and for so many others.
This month, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on March 19th.
Remembering his very special role as the earthly foster father of
Jesus, we invoke St. Joseph’s intercession, asking the Lord to bless all
those for whom adoption has a place in their story. And, recalling the
mercy which God our Father has shown to us, we also ask that, through
our words and actions, they may encounter the outstretched hands of His
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
Fast from snacking for one day. Eat three regular meals, but nothing else in between.
Donate needed items to a pregnancy care center, or ask if they have an opportunity for you to volunteer.
Read “Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption.”
Drawing from the personal experience of a mother who placed her child
for adoption, this article gives nine pointers for offering ongoing
support to other expectant mothers considering adoption. Find out how
you can be an agent of mercy.
Did You Know?
March 21st is
World Down Syndrome Day. Expectant parents—often overwhelmed by the
diagnosis—are frequently pressured to abort their children. Tragically,
even with the existence of multiple organizations devoted to
facilitating adoption for children with Down syndrome, the majority of
babies diagnosed before birth are aborted.
In “A Perfect Gift”
one parent of a child with Down syndrome explains how beautiful life
can be when we recognize that every life is a gift. We pray that other
parents will find inspiration and courage through the witness of those
who welcome life in all circumstances, and receive life-affirming
support on their own journey.
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