From Aletia by J-P Mauro
The Sisters of Life are introducing a new approach to pro-life ministry that’s doing away with political labels and slogans in favor of authentic relationships, genuine dialogue, and intentional accompaniment.
Called Into Life: Love Changes Everything, this formation series familiarizes participants with new ideas for building a culture of life and solidarity, grounded in the Catholic faith. The whole program is completely free and comes with a series of 12 videos, a workbook, and pastoral resources.
Sisters of Life
The Sisters of Life are a Catholic religious community that was founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor. With a commitment to the protection of human life, they have spent three decades caring for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children and those wounded by abortion. The Sisters of Life seek to help reveal to each person their own innate goodness and the love God has for them, all the while fostering a culture of life through their evangelical works.
The Into Life series was developed from a training program they host for lay co-workers, which instructs on the Catholic approach to pro-life accompaniment. Through this program’s success, the sisters identified its potential as a new approach to pro-life ministry that eschews secular arguments in favor of Catholic doctrine. As they write on their website:
Teaming with the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life and CampCampo Films, the Sisters of Life produced the Into Life series. The course consists of a dozen videos with reflection and discussion prompts provided for each one.
Topics include the spiritual foundations of life, the power of prayer, understanding the heart of a pregnant woman, and hope and healing after abortion. There are three sessions devoted to instruction on accompaniment titled “The Art of Being Present,” “How to Listen Well,” and “Reflective Listening.”