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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Rachel weeping for her children

A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. - Jeremiah 31: 15

Of your charity, please pray for the souls of all the unborn dead, that they may find light, peace and eternal life. May they, and all the faithful departed, through the + mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

I have written the following prayer, which some may find helpful. It is in keeping with this season of Passiontide.

God our Father, who formed our inward parts and knit us together in our mother's womb; as we meditate on the mystery of Christ's death and burial, help us to share in the grief of blessed Mary. Hers was the womb from which your beloved Son took human flesh, and so redeemed the world. Grant to all the unborn dead the grace that they would have received in Baptism. Turn the hearts of those who would end the lives of your little ones, for you have searched us and know the secrets of our hearts. Grant this through Jesus Christ, your only Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Anonymous said...

Michael, what a beautiful prayer!

Thank you!

Leetle M.

Merseymike said...

Whilst I appreciate your sincerity, I do not believe there is such a thing as the unborn dead.

Unless a person is born, then the concept of it being dead doesn't really apply, because it didn't have an independent life.

Aristibule said...

Independent Life? Something most Slackers never achieve...

Michael said...

Leetle M, thank you. I hope you find it useful.

Please also pray for those who find themselves in the difficult position of having to make a decision of this nature, and for those who suffer from the trauma that so many people do after abortions.

Mike, I do understand, but would you be able to say that to the mother of a still-born baby? Would the concept of death not apply simply because it never had a life independent of her?

Merseymike said...

I would sympathise with that mother, but I don't honestly think I would see it as a person who was alive.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Michael, I certainly will. I think it is no accident that the Holy Spirit gives you such words to say, that open the way for the rest of us to approach Our Lord on such painful and indeed sometimes frightening subjects, things people are so often "afraid even to think about"....

May God bless your Easter with a sure knowledge of the power of His Resurrection!

Leetle M.