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By Anna Rose Riccard
Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, the 12th day of Christmas. (In some places, Latin Rite Catholics observe it on the closest Sunday to that date.) The celebration marks the arrival of the three Magi in Bethlehem, where they worshipped the newborn Son of God with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Epiphany provides Catholics and all Christians with the chance to reflect on what Christ’s birth means for pro-life efforts. Like the wise men, we too can recognize, celebrate, love, and support the parents in our community, especially new parents and single mothers. We are called to serve the Lord by serving one another; what better time than Epiphany to reach out to parents in need with gifts tailored to their beautiful calling to love the children God entrusted to their care? Here are some ideas for showing love to parents in your parish or neighborhood:
All the above ideas should be paired with prayers, especially through the intercession of the Holy Family. As you reflect upon the wise men honoring the baby Jesus, consider how you can live out the Gospel of Life by supporting the parents near you.
Anna Rose Riccard is a Program Associate for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information about the bishops' pro-life activities, visit: www.usccb.org/prolife.
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