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“May We Defend Life When Most Vulnerable in the Womb or in Old Age …”

by | Aug 16, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following is the prayer delivered by New York State Right to Life Board Member Msgr. Kieran Harrington at the invocation of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Msgr. Kieran Harrington

Msgr. Kieran Harrington

Heavenly father, we ask that you bless and inspire these delegates that their deliberations over these next four days might be earnest and fruitful.

Our forefathers recognized in your Divine plan the freedom you intended for all men and women.

We stand before you contrite for those times in our history where we failed to be “the shining city on the hill” for which you destined our great land.

We humbly give you thanks most especially for those who bravely wear the uniform here at home and abroad. Truly there is no greater Love than to lay down one’s life for a friend – bless those who endured torture or sacrificed themselves for the freedom of our fellow countrymen and those in far-flung places around the world.

Inspire us to build a more noble society that reflects your Divine image to a world that is broken and brought low by sin. You have endowed our peoples and nation with the gift of charity. May we be mindful of those who suffer here and abroad. Father, we know that our true citizenship is in your kingdom.

You remind us that to inherit eternal life we must ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Your Son instructs us with the parable of the Good Samaritan as to who is our neighbor. May we defend life when most vulnerable in the womb or in old age, and let us not forget our obligations to the poor and the sick, the prisoner and the alien in our midst.

We make this prayer in your holy name.

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