O God, my Father, I praise you as the giver of life. I thank you for all
life, but especially human life. You have created me after your own image
and likeness. For this I thank you.
I thank you for so dignifying humanity by your son,
Jesus, becoming human like me in all but sin. I thank you for teaching me
how precious is every human life through the way Jesus lived, and restored
Let Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, model for me how to
endure fractured expectations, unfulfilled hopes, and just being unable to
ease so much of the suffering that surrounds me in this deeply troubled
I pray for the conceived who are not allowed to
experience life. I pray for the living who have full life denied them by
physical or mental limitations. I pray for those who have freedom taken
from them by oppression, terrorism, war, poverty, or force.
Truly give me a deep appreciation for my life and the
lives of those who are around me, the people I like and those I dislike.
Bring me to happy old age knowing how gifted I have been by the life you
have shared with me and let me use here on earth. Bring me finally to the
life where there is no more pain, no more suffering, but just the peace
and joy you intended for me from the beginning of your creation.
I ask this through Jesus, born of Mary. Amen.