Gift of Joy: The Blessing of the Child in the Womb
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield
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The presence of new life in the womb of the mother brings unique joy and hope to the center of our families, our Church and our world. It is the ultimate gift. At this very same moment when God created your child, He also created you as a mother and as a father.
This is an incredible new beginning as the gift of life is already unfolding and Christ rejoices with you in the moment.
Your child has, along with God, not only given you a gift … but an invitation as well -- an invitation to grow in your faith, an invitation to accept the support of your parish community and an invitation to more fully embrace your relationship with Christ.
Gift of Joy is part of that invitation -- a tiny treasure to help you celebrate and understand your unique role as a parent and recipient of God's gift of life. It also introduces you to the experience of the blessing of the Church through The Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.
God is moving in your life in a remarkable way, no matter where you are on your faith journey or how many obstacles or opportunities you are facing in the world. Embrace this gift of joy and accept His invitation to grow closer to Him and the Church.