Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's Spiritual Adoption of an Unborn Child Prayer

Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen encouraged this daily prayer to spiritually adopt an unborn child:

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much. I beg of you to spare the life of the unborn child I have spiritually adopted, who is in danger of abortion.

From the Baltimore Archdiocese: What is the Spiritual Adoption Program?

It is very simple. Participants in the Spiritual Adoption Program pledge to pray for nine months for a baby in danger of abortion. While this child will remain unknown to his or her 'spiritual parent', God knows who the child is. Many people have found that naming 'their child' helps to keep them focused on the reality that their prayers are helping to save a particular baby from the harm of abortion. This can be done in a parish or school setting, with age appropriate materials.

The Purpose of the Spiritual Adoption Program is threefold:

1. Encourage prayer for those contemplating abortion, that they will respond to God's grace and welcome their child into life.

2. Educate adults and children about the development of the pre-born child.

3. Provide mothers in need with a 'baby shower' of donated baby gifts, or simply celebrate with a 'birthday party' at the conclusion of the program. In one school a crib was bought with monetary gifts and the students filled a crib with gifts for expectant mothers.

For more Spiritual Adoption Information and Resources click here.

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