When man and wife in love conceive,
They have, O Lord, from You received
A holy gift beyond compare:
A child placed within their care.
To conceive is to receive.
What is received is a gift of God.
The gift is not an object. It is a calling.
To care for a child, is to participate in the life of God.
This week lists some concrete ways to support this holy calling.
Heavenly Father, you sent your own Son into this world as the child of Mary and Joseph. We thank you for the life of this child, entrusted to our care. Help us to remember that we are all your children and so love and nurture him/her that he/she may attain to that full stature intended for him/her in your eternal kingdom; for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. (127)