Almighty God, our Father,
you who have given us life and intended us to have it forever,
grant us your blessings.
Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a renewed conviction
that all human life is sacred because it is created in your image and likeness.
Help us to teach by word and the example of our lives
that life occupies the first place, that human life is precious
because it is the gift of God whose love is infinite.
Give us the strength to defend human life
against every influence or action that threatens or weakens it,
as well as the strength to make every life more human
in all its aspects.
Give us the grace...
When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked,
to stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority
to destroy unborn life.
When a child is described as a burden
or is looked upon only as a means
to satisfy an emotional need,
to stand up and insist that every child is a unique
and unrepeatable gift of God,
a gift of God with a right to a loving and united family.
When the value of the family is threatened
because of social and economic pressure,
to stand up and reaffirm that the family is necessary
not only for the private good of every person,
but also for the common good of every society,
nation and state.
When freedom is used to dominate the weak,
to squander natural resources and energy,
to deny basic necessities to people,
to stand up and affirm
the demands of justice and social love.
give us courage to proclaim the supreme dignity
of all human life and to demand
that society itself give its protection.
We ask this in your name,
through the redemptive act
of your Son and in the Holy Spirit.