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“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.  Before you were born I set you apart.”

Jeremiah 1:5

 The following extract is taken from The Gospel of Life (Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae of St. Pope John Paul II) : “The Gospel of Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message.  Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

 

At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11).  The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Saviour; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21)”