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9 Days for Life, Novena prayer: Day 1

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 01/19/22

Love for the other cannot be reserved for exceptional moments ...

[L]ove for the other cannot be reserved for exceptional moments, but must be constant in our lives.

That is why we are called, for example, to safeguard the elderly like a precious treasure and with love even if they cause economic difficulties and inconveniences, but we must safeguard them.

This is why we must give all the assistance possible to the sick, even in the final stages.

This is why unborn children are always to be welcomed; this is why, ultimately, life is always to be protected and loved, from conception to its natural end. And this is love.

~ From Pope Francis, here.

Prayer

O Mary,
bright dawn of the 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.

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