Initiated in 1991, this simple yet effective program provides an opportunity for children, teens, adults and senior citizens to prayerfully intercede on behalf of moms and unborn babies. The program took its inspiration from Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen who encouraged people to spiritually adopt an unborn child. Participants spiritually adopt a baby known by God to be at risk of abortion by pledging to pray daily for nine months:
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to protect the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted. Mary, our Mother in Heaven, pray for us, and especially for your little ones! Because God loves every baby He creates, I promise to pray for my spiritually adopted baby for nine months.The goal of the program is three-fold:
- Encourage prayers for babies in danger of abortion and for their parents.
- Educate adults and children about the development of babies in the womb.
- Provide material assistance to mothers in need through a “baby shower” or “birthday party” at the conclusion of the program.
One woman related an experience she had while participating in a Spiritual Adoption program at her parish in Michigan.
“My husband and I participated in the Spiritual Adopt A Baby Program at our parish for several years. I would name my baby each year to make it more personal. One year, my baby was named Christopher. It helped me remember to pray for my adopted baby and his mother.”
Later in the same year, the Michigan woman learned that her own young cousin, Robin, had contemplated ending a pregnancy but changed her mind. Robin now had a son named Christopher.
“I would never have guessed that I was praying for a relative of mine and that I would see an answered prayer in front of my eyes. When Robin heard about my prayers, she invited us to Christopher’s Baptism. What an awesome experience. Christopher is now nine years old. He is a beautiful young lad and he brings much pleasure to his mother and grandparents. I often wonder what might have happened if I didn’t pray. Would Robin have had the courage to bear Christopher? Our prayers are so important for the unborn.”