In our community prayer this evening, we ended with a lovely prayer from Pope St John Paul's "The Gospel of Life." Notice how the Pope does not leave unborn life on its own, but includes other vulnerable persons, putting them all under Mary's mantle. It is indeed a fitting way to end a day of prayer focused on the dignity of all human life.
bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.
Image of 2015 March for Life from @TheBostonPilot