Greetings and blessings! First, let me say thank you to all of you who helped promote and support, and participated in The Bishop’s 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner on April 6. It was a wonderful success, not only inspiring those who attended but also raising record critical funds to continue and expand our life-saving mission. It was such a joy to see so many parishes represented on this special evening! (Check out photos of the night here.) I hope to thank you all in person at our next Parish Pro-Life Coordinators Meeting meeting on May 11 at St. Joseph in Richardson. (Please be sure to return The Bishop’s Dinner yard signs from your parish at this meeting.)
As we welcome May flowers, we have many opportunities to remember and celebrate the beauty of life. Not only is May our Blessed Lady’s month, it is the month in which we celebrate all the mothers in our life on May 12. (Stay tuned for the chance to recognize those special women in your life and support their gift of life!) Also, on May 31 we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary when she visited her cousin Elizabeth, whose own son, John the Baptist, “leaped in her womb” at the presence of the unborn child Jesus.
As we reflect on the beauty of motherhood, we are also called to remember and pray for those who lost their motherhood to abortion and their unborn children who now live in the Lord. This weekend, please join us in prayer for all those on the Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat, facilitating and seeking hope and healing. And on May 19, we invite you to gather with us at the annual Cemetery of Innocents Graveside Memorial, at one of the world's largest mass graves of aborted children, to honor these precious souls.
And finally, please help spread the word about our annual Youth For Life Pro-Life Boot Camp this summer. We will again be hosting two sessions at the University of Dallas, on June 28-30 and July 26-30. Early registration ends June 15 (after which prices go up). This is a great opportunity for high school youth to learn the “ins and outs” of being an advocate for life and have fun in the process! Learn more at www.prolifedallas.org/bootcamp. (We also need adult chaperones and junior staff.)
In closing, for your reflection, I leave you with the beautiful description of the Visitation in the Gospel of Luke:
During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1: 39-44)
I ask you to notice two things in this passage: John is referred to as an “infant” and Mary is referred to as “the mother of my Lord.” Indeed, Mary was already a mother. She became one as soon as she conceived Jesus. Elizabeth recognized the personhood of Jesus, although he was not yet born. Let us keep these things in mind as we celebrate Mary’s month and as we continue promoting the Culture of Life.
May God’s blessings be upon you and your family as we ask Him to help to strengthen our commitment to our pro-life mission.
Thanks for all you do for Life and I look forward to seeing you all on May 11.
David Carr Director of Parish Coordination 469-230-9664