We want to teach our children that each life has value and deserves care and respect. One's dignity comes from God Himself, not from the circumstances of our birth or how vital we are in our old age or infirmity. It is easy in the daily demands of life to forget that each person is created in the image of God. Especially when the person in front of you is being difficult, rude, is dirty, has not done their duty, is making life harder for you... If we can remember to see our antagonist as we should, perhaps we could deal more kindly, patiently and prudently with them. And perhaps hearts will soften towards life. When we fail in this, we must try again. I'm trying.
Love and care for our babies, born and unborn.
Respect and treasure our beloved aged.
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Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life. Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood.
Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image - as well as theirs - made for eternnal life. Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother alone can give.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.