Pro-Life Summer Reading List

It is that time of the year where we all go to the beach, the mountains, take a flight to another city, picnic in the middle of nowhere, and going where the roads will lead us.

I have put together a top 10 (plus a few honorable mentions) pro-life summer reading list that can help keep promoting and learning from many pro-life heroes of the past while also polishing up on pro-life dialogue and also learning how to defend life form the moment conception until natural death.

Meanwhile, reading about how prominent pro-choice figures walked to the other side and build a culture of life. Not only did I include anti-abortion stories, but I have included books that cover every life issue. After all, we must be consistent if we are pro-life by remembering the marginalized, victims of war, immigrant, and even wrongly convicted criminals imprisoned and or on death row.

1) Persuasive Pro-Life Trent Horn

Published in 2014 and using his first-hand experience during campus visits, CatholicAnswers.com’s own Trent Horn shares first hand some of the dos and don’ts in engaging and challenging pro-choicers’ viewpoints.

2) Unplanned Abby Johnson

Once a rising star for Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson saw firsthand a defenseless life being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion in 2009. She recalled the times she saw volunteers for 40 Days for Life pray in front of her work at Bryan, TX. It would soon lead her to be a pro-life advocate and a Catholic convert.

3) Single Candles Brendan Lyons

West Chester, PA native Brendan Lyons writes a series of narratives from a chain of events that link several characters, all of whom demonstrate compassion and bravery in their commitment to the sanctity of life. In one piece, a senator defies his own political party; in another, a neonatal surgeon is asked to compromise her principles. Although the stories are fictional, the passion that informs the characters’ conviction is very real.

4) Rising with Roses Monique Ruberu

Dr. Monique Ruberu thought she was pro-life until she realized that she was prescribed birth control. Because of the help of many pro-lifers in Philadelphia, she reverted back to her Catholic faith and now promotes Natural Family Planning.

5) A Voice for Victoria: A memoir of healing from post-abortion trauma- Geraldine F Jacobs

A Voice for Victoria shares the author’s journey toward understanding how childhood messages and current events played a part in her abortion decision and path to healing from post-abortion trauma through God’s forgiveness.

6) The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He would argue against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide while using Netherlands and Oregon as prime examples. 

7) Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo

This anti-war novel, written in 1938, shares how a WWI soldier who wakes up from his hospital bed with no limbs and half destroyed face. After his wishes of showing the country of the horrors of wars, he reflects on the realities and myths of war.

8) All Quiet on the Western Front-  Erich Maria Remarque

A German veteran of WW1 recounts the physical and mental stress while fighting in the war. It also shares how to detach from civilian life they were following the war’s end. 

9) Racketeer For Life Joe Scheidler

A former monk recalls his early involvement in the pro-life movement. He has debated media personalities, politicians, abortion workers, and even fought the culture of death at the Supreme Court.

10) Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer- Ann McElhinney

Ann McElhinney details everything that happens inside of Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Even advocates on both sides were horrified at the heinous committed by the most notorious serial killer of the abortion industry.

Honorable mention:

Love Unleashes Life Stephanie Gray

Stephanie offers a fresh approach to abortion dialogue. This time reaching the heart and minds of abortion-minded people.

You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden shares first hand how she survived a saline abortion attempt. Learning at the age of fourteen, she went on a journey to search for her biological parents. She would soon have a change of heart.

Bernard Nathanson

Aborting America- shares how he changed his views on abortion.

The Hand of God- Dr. Nathanson hared how he found God and began promoting life after performing 61,000 abortions, including his own son.

The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity- Carrie Gress

It’s been 50 years, if not more since liberal feminism has given way to the slippery slope to our culture. The author exposes liberal feminism and how it has destroyed marriages, families, and even the use of sex.

40 Days for Life- David Bereit

Started as a small group outside of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX, this life-changing endeavor recalls how it has converted workers, changed hearts, and shut the doors of abortion facilities with prayer, love, and fasting.

Humanae Vitae- Pope Paul VI

Written in 1968 and celebrating over 50 years, the encyclical Humanae Vitae is an eye-opening read written by Pope Paul VI as he foretells the repercussions of a society that accepts sexual promiscuity, abortion-on-demand, and artificial birth control.

Hard list to put together, for sure. However, there are many pro-life books to read such as anything written by Scott Klusendorf, Ron Paul, Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morena, Janet Smith and so many more.

Interview with Culture of Life 1972 Apparel

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Recently, I interviewed the founders of a clothing line that is responding to the trend of clothing companies supporting Planned Parenthood. The interview is below.

What is the name of the clothing line?

COL1972 was created around our family dinner table. 1972 Is the final year we enjoyed a culture of life in the United States of America. In 1973 the supreme court ruled that are tiniest Americans did not have the right to life. Since 1973 61 million Americans have been denied the right to life. We would like to get back to celebrating all life as we did in the year 1972.

Where are you headquartered?

We are in Pennsylvania. We are a family business that just launched a January 2019 for sanctity of life month.

You are responding to a common trend that clothing lines are donating to Planned Parenthood. Does it make you counter-cultural? How?

Yes. We are proud to be countercultural. Our brand applauds life.

We are tired are pointing to what we are against. We think sharing what we are for is more beautiful and powerful.

You have a big power player as your ambassador for your organization? Who is it? What prompted you or her to represent your line? We are thrilled the author of Unplanned, Abby Johnson, has graciously accepted to be our global ambassador. She understands that ‘Life is always in style.’ She also understands that we should be using every medium possible, including Fashion, to share how amazing the culture of life crowd is!

Discuss some of the clothes you have on sale currently.

We are street chic. We are launching our Abby J Collection the end of June. It will be our contemporary business collection. Classic pencil skirts, crisp white button downs and much more! We believe modesty is the new black!

You plan to support pro-life causes. Any in particular? Yes. Our family had always given back. We practice something called tithing. It is very traditional but we give back to organizations that support our faith and core values. 10% of each purchase goes to a Culture of Life event or organization. We were able to sponsor the March for life and students for life conference this year amongst other COL events.

What is your hope for your clothing line as you move forward? We pray our clothing is used to incite civil and productive conversation about protecting the life’s tiniest moment to it’s final breath.

If someone is interested in learning more or purchasing your products, where can they find you?

COL1972.com

Insta/YouTube/FB/twitter @COL1972official

Our very first COL1972 Fashion for Life runway show will be at Abby Johnson’s prolife women’s conference June 21-23.

We will be streaming LIVE Saturday June 22 morning 9am. This fashion show will be EPIC!

PRO-LIFE FIRST SATURDAY MASS AND ROSARY VIGIL

Please join the Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Community at the 8:00 AM Mass on the First Saturday of every month to be held at St. Katherine of Siena Church. Following the Mass, we invite you to participate in a 45-minute Rosary Vigil at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at Comly Road and the Roosevelt Boulevard.

We have selected the First Saturday of each month to pray for the end to abortion in fulfillment of the Blessed Mother’s request for acts of reparation, which she made at Fatima in 1917.

Where: St. Katherine of Siena, 9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia 19114

When: First Saturday of every month – 8:00 AM

Rosary Vigil: Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road, Philadelphia 19154

Review of Unplanned

This past weekend, many pro-lifers and even pro-choicers flocked to the movie theaters to watch the highly anticipated pro-life movie. Despite the media blackout, the backlash from Twitter following the shutdown of the movie’s account, and even the poorly written reviews from secular media, the movie has pricked the conviction of those who support abortion.

According to Forbes, the movie has performed well enough to make the top five in the box office as it sits at number four on opening weekend. That’s impressive considering it is released on the same weekend as Disney’s Dumbo and Captain Marvel. At the same time, Unplanned received more positive reviews than the number one movie in the box office.

Based on a memoir written by Abby Johnson, the movie brings the book to life in an astonishing way while articulating the two bold messages of the film; mercy and hope.

The movie has given an accurate account on what happens inside of a Planned Parenthood facility that the media and even the organization itself try to deny that their number one product is abortion. There is no surprise that what goes on inside the facilities are as accurate as it is portrayed in the film.

In the movie, Abby (portrayed by Ashley Bratcher) starts out as a young college junior who is figuring out where to go after she finishes college at Texas A&M. One day she stumbles upon a table for Planned Parenthood. Conflicted because of her family’s pro-life convictions, she was hesitant. However, she reluctantly became part of the largest abortion provider in the world.

Within eight years, Abby went from clinic escort to director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX aborting 20,000 babies. During that time, she met many of the workers who were employees of the facility. In addition to her co-workers and colleagues at the abortion center, she also interacted with a group of pro-lifers who were quietly praying and sidewalk counseling on the other side of the facility’s fence. Two of them were Shawn and Marilisa Carney (played by Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts), founders of 40 Days for Life.

Not only did Shawn and Marilisa open dialogue with Abby about her work, but she also received opposition from her parents and husband, Doug (played by Brooks Ryan). Upon watching the film, I remember seeing a scene where Doug challenge how much Abby changed after she received Planned Parenthood’s employee of the year award.

In 2009, she was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion. What she saw became her road to Damascus moment as her eyes were open to see that what doctor killed was a human being in the mother’s womb. She found refuge in the 40 Days coalition that was down the road from the facility. She walked away from the abortion and knew that she had to protect the lives of the precious unborn children. Soon, the facility she once worked for, would sue her. After a one-hour court session, the lawsuit against her and the Carneys was dismissed.

Takeaways

The theme of mercy is clearly seen after Abby walked away. She was in so much agony over the many babies that were killed under her watch. When asked how can she ask for forgiveness, her husband told her to go seek it.

I have also seen the theme of hope in the movie when Abby’s family and friends on the other side of the fence were hoping that one day she would walk away from the abortion facility. They never gave up hope in her quitting a gruesome job.

The pro-life movement is built on hope, love, and mercy. All three of them combined unleashed life and our culture can become fully alive.

Hope is the antidote in the culture of despair. We need to have that when we confront abortion as we plant the seeds to those who work in the abortion industry. There are times we walk away from a prayer vigil in our community with no one listening to your prayers or your offer to help. However, we have a God who is giving us hope to continue fighting the good fight.

When Marilisa first approached Abby after her first day, she did not yell, curse, or even judged her. Rather, she approached her with love. She would constantly remind Abby that she is praying for her. One scene that jumped out to me was when both were pregnant and Marilisa made Abby think how much of a joy she would be when Christmas approaches. Another example of love is the times that Doug held Abby close during her times of despair. He reminded her how much he loved her.

Mercy is the bridge to healing. When Abby saw a file on an abortion she had at the same facility, she knew that she wanted to be forgiven. To me, mercy can go a long way when we encounter someone who is post-abortive or is expecting a child, even in the direst of circumstances.

Unplanned is a must-see movie. Take your family, church or prayer groups, or even invite someone who is on the fence with the issue.

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Abortion Facility Hours in Greater Philadelphia Area

It is no question that half the abortions that happen in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia. You are needed to pray in front of these “chop shops”.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

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6,000 babies are killed at the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the city of Philadelphia. This facility is located at 777 Appletree between Chinatown and Old City. The facility itself sits on the 7th floor of the eight-story pictured above. The sad part is that five floors below it is a daycare center. The facility is open from 6:30 AM to 5:00PM (Tuesday through Saturday). They only do surgical and chemical abortions. A weekly vigil is Saturday from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

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Peter Rawson from A Baby’s Breath prays outside of the gates of hell during 40 Days

Planned Parenthood has two facilities in Philadelphia. One is in the heart of Center City on the corner of 12th and Locust Street. 3,500 babies were killed last year, making it the second most in Philadelphia. Their hours are 7:30AM to 5PM Mondays through Saturdays. Mondays and Tuesdays are counseling days. Abortions are done between Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s a 3rd Saturday vigil with Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants on the 3rd Saturday of every month with 7:45 AM mass at St. John the Evangelist located on 13th Street below Market Street.

Northeast PP

In the far northeast of Philadelphia, there’s another Planned Parenthood on the edge of the facility. Lowly maintained. It is located at 2751 Comly Road. Their hours are:

Mon Closed Tues 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wed 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thurs Closed Fri 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sat 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sun Closed.

There’s a 1st Saturday mass at ST. Katharine of Siena on Frankford Avenue near Holy Family University at 8AM. Vigil at the facility immediately follows it.

West Chester PP

In West Chester, PA, a forty-minute ride from Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood does abortion. Location is 8 South Wayne Street. The hours are:

Mon 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wed 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Northeast Philadelphia- Castor Avenue

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Another Planned Parenthood is in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. This is a referral center. Their hours are:

Mon 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Warminster, PA (Bucks County)

Mon 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fri by appointment only

Warminster PP

Planned Parenthood-Upper Darby 7200 Chestnut Street Upper Darby, PA 19082

Upper Darby PP

Mon 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Media

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Mon 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

 

Unplanned Screening: Where to See It?

As Unplanned is less than 48 hours from hitting theaters, Pro-Lifers are ready for the most anticipated Pro-Life movie since Bella and Gosnell combined. In an email sent out by Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia President Tom Stevens, he notes many theaters are hosting a screening in the days leading up to its March 29th release.

Here is the message:

The movie Unplanned is coming to a theater near you starting March 28th!  See below to reserve tickets.  If you’re already working with one of these teams, please continue to do so since all teams have put tremendous effort, time and money into their theater showing(s).  Please share this email so that we can fill the theaters!The Unplannedmovie is based on Abby Johnson’s true story.  It has been rated ‘R’.  Please see the attached letter from Abby regarding this.  To see an R-rated movie a person must be 17 or older or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.MOST OF THE BELOW ARE PRIVATE SHOWINGS: (Public showings can be found atunplannedtickets.com, search by zip code) EDGMONT / NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — DELAWARE COUTY – Thanks to the Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann, St. Pius X and parishioners:

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Thanks to Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann and parishioners:

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — CHESTER COUNTY – Thanks to St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, Deacon Libbi and parishioners:

NESHAMINY, PA — BUCKS COUNTY — Thanks to Dr. Monique Ruberu:


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Thanks to Generation Life.

https://www.generationlife.org/unplanned?utm_campaign=2861c8b9-f46a-4cdc-8516-dd5194f4bb6d&utm_source=so Note: Some of the theaters may be sold out, so please call the rally captain closest to you. If it is sold out, go at your own convenience. 

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Pro-Life Censorship Hits Local Organization

It should come as no surprise that groups who are preaching the messages of truth and love are coming under attack by the mainstream media with its censorship.

Not only have liberals silenced the success of recent pro-life movies such as Gosnell,  which debuted at No. 1 in the box office and in time became a successful independent film, and soon to be released Unplanned, which tells the story of Abby Johnson and how she saw the truth behind the abortion industry after watching an unborn child being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion.

In addition to movies with right-leaning messages, the liberal censorship has also hit many organizations that counter the toxic messages sent out by left-wing commentators, entertainment and public figures. One local organization in Philadelphia called The Culture Project has become victims or such censorship. Founded in 2014 by Cristina Barba, the organization’s mission is to “proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity, inviting our culture to become fully alive.” (From their website). Today the organization is present in Los Angeles and San Francisco California, Toledo, OH (they will launch a group in Cleveland this coming fall), and a travel team.

One way the organization has done this is through their media initiative that was launched last year. They are present on Facebook, Instagram, and even a weekly video series on their Youtube Channel. (Subscribe to their channel here: Culture Project)

In an email that was sent out by the organization this morning, they have raised an alarming pattern. At first, they have received tremendous responses from young people and even parents. Their most viewed video was  “A Toxic LACK of Masculinity”  with 150,977 views. A missionary shared how she saw no man protect her dignity while being sexually harassed in downtown Philadelphia.

All of that began to change. Some of their newest videos struggle to reach 2,000 views. Despite paying for boosts on their Facebook outlet, they began noticing that their videos were flagged and suppressed because of their chastity and pro-life references.

The organization has asked for everyone to visit their channel, share their videos with family and friends, and most importantly pray for them.

Irony: the most popular platforms are okay with vulgar videos with raunchy content no one bats an eye, yet when a group offers a counter message, the mediums loses their minds. What has this world come to?

Pro-Life Night at National Catholic Shrine in Doylestown

Dr. Monique Ruberu is inviting pro-lifers to attend a night to strengthen your convictions for the life cause. She will be the main speaker of the event.

The event will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA on Saturday, April 13 at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room (Visitor Center).

The event will include “Gosnell” Movie Screening & Discussion, prayer, and many pro-life vendors.

This is a free event. Free will donations are appreciated, and all proceeds will benefit the Poland Pilgrimage of the Youth Group.

Sue Thayer to Visit Philly/Allentown/Jersey Areas

The following is an email from Chris Davis who is a strategist for 40 Days for Life. He has alert that Sue Thayer, a former abortion provider in Iowa, will be in the area. I know many pro-lifers will learn how she stopped taking lives and now works with others to save lives. It will also plant the seeds for any of the abortion workers to one day walk away from Planned Parenthood.

We are very excited about Sue Thayer’s Philadelphia/New Jersey visits! She’s looking forward to joining all of you and plans to keep the following schedule:

Monday, April 1

  • Plainfield, NJ at 2:00 pm (FORMER Planned Parenthood, 123 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ) and 3:15 (Options, LLC, 1024 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ)
  • Washington, NJat 6:30 pm (Planned Parenthood, 66 E Washington Ave, Washington, NJ)

Tuesday, April 2

  • Bethlehem, PA at 9:30 am (Allentown Women’s Center, 31 S Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA)
  • Allentown, PA at noon (Planned Parenthood, 29 N 9th St, Allentown, PA)
  • Warminster, PA at 6:30 pm (Planned Parenthood – Warminster Medical Center, 610 Louis Dr, Warminster, PA)

Wednesday, April 3

  • Northeast Philadelphia, PAat noon (Planned Parenthood Surgical Center, 2751 Comly Rd, Philadelphia, PA)
  • Philadelphia (combined), PA at 6:30 pm (12th and Locust Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA)

Thursday, April 4

  •      Chester County, PA at 9:00 am (West Chester Planned Parenthood, 8 S Wayne St, West Chester, PA)

You can reach Sue at (979) 595-3174. This visit is intended to help generate publicity, grow your campaign, motivate participants, and celebrate God’s blessings during this campaign. Sue will also be delighted to share a meal with you and your team, to meet with any local pro-life or church leaders as may be helpful to you, and to conduct media interviews as possible.

We urge you and your team to make some advance preparations to help ensure that this visit is as useful for you and your campaign as possible. Here are our recommendations:

Request Media Coverage

  1. Create a list of local media that might consider covering your event. Include both secular and Christian television programs, radio programs, newspapers, magazines, and even blogs.
  1. Update and email the attached press release to the media on your list, to your participants, and to other organizations that might want to participate.
  1. Consider following your press release with a phone call the next day.
  1. Please take high-resolution photographs (at very least 1MB). A smartphone is all you need for this! Group photos are great! But please take some “action shots” too. Photograph people praying and holding signs. Photograph hands, feet, close-ups of faces. Photograph the abortion facility where you are praying or whatever you think tells the story. Consider enlisting a college student to do this! Send those photos to steve.karlen@40daysforlife.com.

Other Tips and Suggestions

  • Use the attached speaker biography and picture to promote the event.
  • Effective strategies for increasing event attendance include direct phone calling, bulk email, email messages to individuals and social media.
  • Arrange for someone to take pictures of the visit for local and national use.

We’ll be praying for you and your team.

Learn more about Sue Thayer here: Sue Thayer’s Interview

The Litany of Life from The Catholic Feminist

Lord Jesus. Lord and giver of life, Hear me.
The unborn children who will lose their lives today, Save them, Jesus.
The millions of people trapped in the chains of slavery, Save them, Jesus.
The elderly around the world who are neglected and ignored, Save them, Jesus.
The souls on Death Row who will soon have their lives taken, Save them, Jesus.
The women considering immoral means of achieving a pregnancy out of a true,
good desire for children, Save them, Jesus.
The people around us who silently struggle with mental illness and depression,
Save them, Jesus.
The mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression and contemplating
suicide, Save them, Jesus.
The refugees caught in warzones with little hope of escape, Save them, Jesus.
The homeless who live on our streets and don’t know where their next meal
comes from, Save them, Jesus.
The nurses and doctors who prescribe contraception and perform abortions, Save
them, Jesus.
The pro-choice advocates with a real heart for women’s issues, Save them, Jesus.
The politicians who consistently struggle with valuing the most vulnerable among
us, Save them, Jesus.
The patients in hospitals suffering from painful chronic diseases, Save them,
Jesus.
The disabled who suffer immensely and are often made to feel worthless, Save
them, Jesus.
The victims of violent crimes and the unborn children who are sometimes
produced as a result, Save them, Jesus.
From my own hardness of heart, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my selfishness and desire to store up treasure on earth, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my willful ignorance and lack of compassion, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of understanding of complex societal issues, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my own pride, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of trust in You and Your goodness, Deliver me, Jesus.

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