The Heart of Jesus Beats With Compassion For Pregnant Mothers and the Unborn
In 2014, LAMP initiated a new outreach on 149th St. in the South Bronx called “A LAMP for Life.” Two or more LAMP Missionaries prayerfully walk to this bustling street area, where an unmarked Planned Parenthood performs abortions. One stands quietly on the sidewalk, visibly but silently praying the rosary, while the other LAMP Missionary offers a resource brochure on where pregnant women can receive help, and seeks to begin conversations on the value of life. There are opportunities to direct women to get a free ultrasound or other support, and to pray with women and with men. To any who have already suffered from an abortion experience, LAMP Missionaries offer words of mercy, encouraging the individual to contact groups that provide post-abortion healing.
LAMP’s approach is non-judgmental, caring, and prayerful. LAMP Missionaries seek to support pregnant women who think they have no choice but to abort their babies. Through prayer, compassionate listening and loving dialogue, many of these mothers choose to give their babies life.
94% of abortion centers are located in poor neighborhoods. The abortion industry draws on the vulnerabilities of the poor and their temptation to think that life has very little value. In always trying to find the poorest, the weakest, those frequently outside the reach of the Catholic Church, LAMP is making an effort to bring its mission of evangelization among the materially poor to those struggling with life issues.
The Heart of Jesus Beats With Compassion For the Hungry/Homeless
While the name ‘LAMPCafé’ may suggest a quiet coffee shop located someplace far removed from the realities of inner-city life, it is actually just the opposite. The LAMPCafé is a special street ministry that uses a canteen truck to bring different areas of New York City not only food, but also Scripture readings, rosaries, and opportunities to pray with LAMP Missionaries and Volunteers.
“The poor need not only bread but the Word of God.”
The Heart of Jesus Beats With Compassion For Those on the Street
When Saint John Paul II visited North America, he exhorted all Catholics to “have the courage to bear witness to the Gospel in the streets and squares”. The vision of LAMP, founded in and by the love of Christ Jesus, impels LAMP Missionaries to literally reach out to the poor on the streets; to those who need to know the Lord has not forgotten them, and that the local Catholic parish wants to be of service to them.
“Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God’s face will not be turned away from you.” – Tobit 4:5-7
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.” – Luke 4:18
The Heart of Jesus Beats with Compassion For Homeless Families
As of January 2019 there were 63,839 homeless people in NYC. That includes 15,492 homeless families with 22,938 homeless children sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up three quarters of the homeless shelter population. A typical homeless child is under five years old, very poor, and living with a sibling and a single mother. The numbers are staggering:
One in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. That’s over 1.6 million children.
42% of children in homeless families are under age six.
There is evidence that homeless children have more health problems, hospitalizations, and developmental delays than poor children who have never been homeless.
Children who experience homelessness are also more likely to become homeless as adults
A number of LAMP Missionaries are going out two by two, visiting shelters for homeless families around the city, bringing them the compassionate love of Jesus. The LAMP Missionaries share the love of Jesus through reading the Scriptures with and praying with those caught in the web of homelessness.
The Heart of Jesus Beats With Compassion For the Sick and Elderly
LAMP Missionaries visit with the sick and elderly poor in hospitals and nursing homes in areas of poverty, who are often abandoned by their families and friends, to bring them comfort, to share the Word of God with them, and to bring Holy Communion to those who are Catholic and unable to go to Church for whatever reason.
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
The Heart of Jesus Beats With Compassion For His Church
Decree of Canonical Recognition
In 1999, LAMP Ministries received the Canon Law status of “Private Association of Christian Faithful,” through Cardinal John O’Connor of the Archdiocese of New York, thus approving LAMP as a recognized Catholic Missionary Association and an authentic way of holiness.