One of the things I wanted to do this week was to recommend the Forty Days for Life which are taking place during the Lenten Season. These are forty days of prayer for the Pro-Life Cause - badly needed now in Ireland as the government drafts legislation to bring abortion into Ireland. For more details see the campaign's website.
My friend, Fr Owen Gorman has composed a prayer for life: please include it in your daily prayers, particularly in these forty days:
Mary, Immaculate Conception, bright dawn of the new millennium, this day we consecrate to your heart our country and all its people. Intercede for the cause of life that is now so threatened in our land. Move us to raise our voices for the voiceless and the defenceless. Soften the hearts of those who oppose life. Give us love for our enemies and healing to all your daughters who in fear and trembling rejected the gift of life within them. May they know the peace and forgiveness of your Son, Jesus. And may all who hold political power in our land be given the grace to see with new eyes the humanity and dignity of the unborn and to have the courage to speak boldly in the defence of life. Amen.