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Mary Wagner stands outside the courthouse June 12, 2014 right after her release.Tony Gosgnach / LifeSiteNews.com

Long-time pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner was released from jail June 12 and now wants to thank all of her supporters for their prayers and other offerings during her time in prison and since her release.

Here is the full text of a letter of thank Mary wrote, sent to LifeSiteNews today:


July 12, 2014

Dear Friends,

It has been one month since my release after almost two years in custody and I wish to send this belated thanks to all the dear people who have offered their support, both spiritual and material, for me and for the legal defence of our littlest brothers and sisters. Just yesterday I was able to open the last of the cards and gifts, numerous items which had not been permitted me in jail. The number of lovely cards, letters, Mass offerings and spiritual bouquets, as well as gifts I have received far exceeds my capacity to reply personally, though I would like very much to do so. 

It has been edifying to know that so many from around the world are not indifferent to the suffering of God's littlest ones. Many of you shared that this case has encouraged you to pray and work harder and more boldly as Christians and as pro-life people. This in turn encourages me, as in countries such as Canada, where the killing of children before birth has become so commonplace, we must confront apathy, fear of men and a certain spirit of defeatism.

Some who have contacted me expressed concern for my well being in jail, and I would like simply to say that my basic needs were met at least adequately and in some cases in abundance. I feel it is important to mention this as we, as one Body in Christ, are currently in the midst of great persecution in different parts of the world, especially the Middle east, Nigeria, and in several countries elsewhere. May our prayer be fervent for all who are being persecuted and also for the persecutors.

Linda Gibbons, my dear friend and tireless  fellow worker in this corner of our Father's vineyard, has vowed to continue until death to be a voice for God's littlest ones. Please pray for her. For so many years, she has been a living example of the Gospel truth that friends of Christ should not be daunted by hardship, persecution or imprisonment. This is simply the message of our Lord Jesus through his Cross and the Resurrection, that the grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die-so that it can bear much fruit. 

Again I thank you for your support and ask that you would continue to pray as we appeal Judge O'Donnell's June 12th decision which ruled against our efforts in court to defend our littlest brothers and sisters.

May God bless you.

Mary Wagner


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