Raising Children of Light

A parent guide for pro-life formation

Introduction by Rev. Christopher J. Pollard

Dear Parents,


St. Paul encouraged the Church in Ephesus “to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5,10-11). Among the most destructive works of darkness both two thousand years ago and today is the hidden evil of abortion. Exposing our young ones to the challenges of the world does not follow an exact timeline since a warning given too soon can cause harm. Teaching our children about abortion and related issues, therefore, is primarily a parent’s responsibility.


For this role, parents deserve to

1)    know about available resources,

2)    know approximately when to share them, and

3)    be encouraged to do it.


Here is a guide to help you with all three. I am very grateful to the St. John families who initiated this endeavor and worked to see it brought to completion. The recommendations on this list are based on real live trial & error from family life. It is not an exhaustive list. There are more resources both old and being developed which may be even better for your family. Please use this parent guide for pro-life formation as a springboard for raising confident and compassionate pro-life adults.


When your sons and daughters know the truth about abortion, they will see some of what is at stake in our culture. As children of light they will understand better why we approach our Blessed Mother “mourning and weeping in this vale of tears” and ask her to turn her sweet eyes towards us and to show us in heaven the blessed fruit of her womb.


Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

St. John Bosco, pray for us.


God bless you!


Rev. Christopher J. Pollard 

Endorsement from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Raising Children of Light is an excellent resource for parents.  The classification of various trustworthy resources according to the ages of children, together with the helpful information about the theme of the resource, the recommended use, and the manner in which parents can obtain the resource allow parents to provide appropriate guidance about the sacredness of human life at each stage in their children’s lives.  May God reward and bless [this] apostolic work on behalf of human life!"

Raymond Leo Cardinal BURKE

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