February 18. So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. Jocelyn said, “I think there are many people who say they believe in the value of life and strongly promote the Church’s teaching about the sanctity of life and the importance of the family.  They may be anti-abortion campaigners too.   But when I look around, some of them don’t have children and I do wonder why.  But one day I was introduced to one couple who were childless and eventually decided to adopt.  I was touched when they invited me to come and see their new family of two tiny twins, a boy and a girl. They had been born prematurely to an unmarried mother.   She had wanted to have an abortion but was supported by the Mother of Mercy community who knew of a couple wanting to adopt. So Mirriam was at peace that her two babies would have a loving home and Angela and Noel were over the moon with their tiny treasures.   Becoming an eco-friendly family:  Offer support to a Life and Love campaign of your choice.   

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and in lack of daily food and one of you says, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body what does it profit?  So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. James  2: 14-24.  Pope Francis: Adoption is a very generous way to become parents. Those who accept the challenge of adoption and accepting someone unconditionally and gratuitously become channels of God’s love.  For he says,  “Even if your mother forgets you, I will not forget you. (Is 49.15)   AL 179