Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.

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Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.

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Happy New Year! I wish you and your family a year filled with many blessings. To know God’s love is, of course, our number-one blessing!

By donating to Partners, you give that blessing of God’s love to so many as they read The Word Among Us. Through Partners, you send The Word Among Us to more than 6,000 women in crisis pregnancy and post-abortion ministries. Thank you!

As we begin the month of January, the Church urges us to treasure and protect God’s gift of life at all its stages. Many of you will pray for the March for Life, and some may even attend it in Washington, D.C. I invite you to pray for all women, particularly those troubled by a pregnancy or grieving after an abortion:

Heavenly Father,
May all pregnant women experience your love.
Protect your children in the womb from all harm.
Provide care, support and safe delivery to all.
Comfort those grieving the abortion of their child.
Mary, our Mother, pray for your children and for an end to abortion.

So many women suffer the loneliness and anxiety of an unplanned pregnancy. Could you help bring hope to them, by donating to Partners right at the beginning of 2014? Your gift will help us send The Word Among Us to these dear sisters in Christ this year.

Throughout 2013, I contacted many pregnancy centers offering them free copies of The Word Among Us. I think you will enjoy this response. I did!

“I am thrilled to receive free copies of The Word Among Us at our Center. We began 21 years ago when a newborn baby was left in our church. Our pastor, Fr. Rousseau, found the baby and named her Carolyn Marie, since she came to us on the feast of St. Charles. He got a few of us together, and we began ‘Carolyn’s Place’! Carolyn’s mother’s courage and Carolyn’s life have changed thousands of lives. We serve many courageous young people, offering support and childbirth and parenting classes. I can’t imagine anything more worthwhile to give to our clients than a copy of The Word Among Us.” —Ellen

This beautiful story moves me to ask—do you know of a pregnancy center or maternity home in your area that would welcome receiving free copies of The Word Among Us? If so, please give them my contact information below.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, recently reminded us, The Catholic Church should simultaneously speak out against abortion while providing hope and healing for women who have them and have seen their lives destroyed by their abortions.

Several years ago, I wrote and began to distribute the booklet After Abortion: God Offers Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope. Many pregnancy centers, after-abortion ministries, and parish pro-life organizations request free copies of this booklet.

The January issue of The Word Among Us features an article about Project Rachel, an organization founded by Vicki Thorn in 1984 to minister to women who have had an abortion. Vicki told us, “I realized that as a Church, we have everything we need to provide care and hope to women who are hurting because of an abortion.” The Word Among Us is such an instrument of hope! Here is an email I received:

“Last week I met with a woman after a year of exchanging emails. I gave her The Word Among Us and your After Abortion booklet. God bless you for supporting us who work to bring healing to the women and men lost in the shadows because of abortion experiences. You help us provide a ray of light that leads people out of the shadows and into the healing rays of God’s love.” —Maggie, Project Rachel

In 2013, you were so generous in supporting our ministry to women. I do hope that you can make another donation to this ministry in 2014. With your help, Partners can send The Word Among Us magazine to many more of our sisters in Christ. Please, consider making a donation to Partners’ Ministry to Women.

In closing, I would ask you to join Partners in praying that every woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, considering an abortion, or suffering the effects of an abortion would be able to say, “I know that God loves me and has a plan for my life.” Thank you for partnering with us in this beautiful ministry to women!

God bless you,
Angela M. Burrin
Director, Bridge to Life Ministry