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O Mary, 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 wih 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. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae

On this the 25th anniversary of the declaration by judicial fiat that some people in the United States are not people

and these non-people are not protected by the laws

and thus may legally be killed because they are not wanted, inconvenient, or burdensome,

we remember with heartfelt sorrow the murders of 37 million children, deprived of life before birth, the pain this has caused to their mothers and fathers,the tragedies that brought them to that place, and the damage this evil has done to our communities and nation.

We pray for healing, justice, and reconciliation, and for the recognition of the human personhood and dignity of all people, from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.

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Why, Lord,

do you you stand at a distance

and pay no heed to these troubled times?

Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor;

they trap them by their cunning schemes.

The wicked even boast of their greed;

these robbers curse and scorn the Lord.

In their insolence, the wicked boast:

"God doesn't care, doesn't even exist."

Yet their affairs always succeed;

they ignore your judgment on high,

they sneer at all who oppose them.

They say in their hearts,

"We will never fall;

never will we see misfortune."

Their mouths are full of oaths, violence, and lies;

discord and evil are under their tongues.

They wait in ambush near towns;

their eyes watch for the helpless,

to murder the innocent in secret.

They lurk in ambush like lions in a thicket,

hide there to trap the poor,

snare them and close the net.

The helpless are crushed, laid low;

they fall into the power of the wicked.

Who say in their hearts,

"God pays no attention,

shows no concern,

never bothers to look."

Rise up, Lord God!

Raise your arm!

Do not forget the poor!

Why should the wicked scorn God,

say in their hearts,

"God doesn't care"?

But you do see;

you do observe this misery and sorrow,

you take the matter in hand,

to you the helpless can entrust their cause,

you are the defender of orphans.

Break the arms of the wicked and depraved;

make them account for their crimes.

The Lord is king forever;

the nations have vanished from God's land.

You listen, Lord, to the needs of the poor;

you encourage them and hear their prayers.

You win justice for the orphaned and oppressed;

no one on earth will cause terror again.

Psalm 10

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