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Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a man named Zacchaeus, in Jericho (cf. Lk 19:1-10). There Jesus does not simply preach or greet people; as the Evangelist tells us, he passed through the city (v.1). In other…

via Pope Francis: “Life is not meant to be tucked away…in a paralysis of shame” — Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Father Frank Pavone’s “Spiritual Adoption” of Abortion Clinic

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Father, all life is in Your care. You have entrusted us to one another, that we may show our brothers and sisters the same love You have for us. We pray, then, for the least among us, the children in the womb. Protect them from the violence of abortion. We pray for those that are scheduled to die at [fill in name of abortion mill] Save them from death. Give new hope to their parents, that they may turn away from the desperate act of abortion. Grant conversion to the abortionist and to the staff. Show us how we are to respond to the bloodshed in our midst, And lead us to the day when this place of death Will be transformed into a haven of life. Guard us with your joy and your peace, For in You, life is victorious. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Saint Pope John Paul II’s Closing Prayer of “Evangelium Vitae.”

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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 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.

God Our Father, Giver of life,
we entrust the United States of America
to Your loving care.
You are the rock
on which this nation was founded.
You alone are the true source
of our cherished rights
to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory
and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts, of our nation’s leaders.Open their minds, to the great worth of human life, and the responsibilities, that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your Will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of Our Land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen