Prayer For The Gift Of Life

Lord Jesus,
you lived for nine months in the security
of the womb of your mother Mary.
From her you received the flesh
that was broken and the blood that was poured out for us.
Give to all men and women of Ireland
a deep reverence for human life,
especially for life that is as yet unborn
and utterly defenceless.
May its mother’s womb continue
to be the safest place on God’s earth –
the sanctuary that no man or woman may dare to violate.
May our faith in the Word-made-Flesh,
not philosophy,
worldly wisdom or human manipulation,
be our sole guide.
Give us the courage to proclaim
to the whole world that life is sacred –
a precious gift from God.

En Ego

Most kind and sweet Jesus,
I cast myself upon my knees,
in thy sight,
and with the most fervent desire of my soul,
I pray and beseech thee, O God,
that you would impress upon my heart,
a lively sentiment of faith, hope and charity,
having before my eyes
that which David spoke of thee in prophecy,
They have pierced my hands and my feet,
they have numbered all my bones.