Dear Friends,

Twenty-two years ago, St. John Paul II spoke at the fifth anniversary of the publication of his encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”):

"To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, and work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love."

It is fitting that it is on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus that we begin to see the fruit of these new signs of hope that St. John Paul II so deeply desired. We are filled with deep gratitude to God that Roe v. Wade has been overturned and that abortion is no longer considered to be a constitutional right. How beautiful that on this day, on which we celebrate the immensity of Christ’s love for us, we also open the door for new hope for so many unborn children! 

We know that there is still much work to be done in order to truly build that “authentic civilization of truth and love”. Our country today has taken a huge step towards upholding the sanctity of human life at all stages, and we are so grateful to Our Lord for this courageous affirmation of what our country is founded upon. It now falls to all of us to continue our work in supporting families, especially the mothers and children most in need. We entrust our work to Christ, whose merciful and Sacred Heart is guiding us towards the culture of life which we all desire. 

Our Mother of Divine Grace community is united in prayer today - prayers of thanksgiving to God, and prayers that He will grant us the grace to always work towards strengthening and encouraging families, who are the true foundation of society. 

May God bless you all!

With love and prayers, 
Laura Berquist