Last week was the annual March for Life in Washington. It strikes me that, more than ever, I am hearing people talk about praying for the conversion of the President. It could be because we have never had a President who is so aggressive in his ambitions for the pro-abortion agenda. Nonetheless, I think we are realizing that the struggle is not only for "hearts and minds" but for souls. Our compelling and reasonable defense of the sanctity of life too often hits hearts that are hardened and only prayer can soften them. And so, I found this prayer on the EWTN website:
A Pro-Life Prayer For Our President And Public Officials
Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life,
Move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care.
Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with extermination by an indifferent society.
Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents.
You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord.
January 22, 2009
Most Reverend Robert J. Baker
Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama