The referendum on 25 May to repeal the eighth amendment is a very important time for all who respect life and the dignity of human life from the moment of conception. We ask that you fully inform yourself of the issues before casting your vote on 25 May.
Bishop Fintan Monahan has published a pastoral letter on the referendum called ‘Invitation to Choose Life’ Please take time to read it.
Choose Life 2018 is an initiative of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. It promotes the Catholic Church’s teaching on the dignity and value of every human life. We offer dioceses, parishes and members of the faithful pro-life material and resources to encourage discussion in families on the value of every human life. We encourage you to use and share our content to promote a culture of life and a civilisation of love. Choose Life!
Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb
Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.
Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift.
Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives.
May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected.
Help those who make our laws to uphold the uniqueness and sacredness of every human life,
from the first moment of conception to natural death.
Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society that cares for all.
Together with Mary, your Mother, in whose womb you took on our human nature,
Help us to choose life in every decision we take.
We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life with you, and in the communion of the Blessed Trinity. Amen