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Patron Saints of Iowans for LIFE

Iowans for Life has chosen St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta Molla as our official patron saints. These two saints protected the sanctity of life and fought against the dehumanization of abortion during their lives here on earth and continue to do so as saints in heaven. This is why we petition for their prayers as we too fight to protect the sanctity of life for all persons.

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

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“The doctor should not meddle. The right of the child is equal to the right of the mother’s life. The doctor can’t decide; it is a sin to kill in the womb.”

 

St. Gianna Beretta Molla    

 

Prayer for intercession

God, you who are Father, we give you praise and we bless you, because in Gianna Beretta Molla you have given and have made known a woman who witnessed the Gospel as a young person, as a bride, as a mother and a doctor. We thank you because through the gift of her life we learn to accept and honor every human being.

You, Lord Jesus, were for her privileged reference; she was able to know you in the beauty of nature. As she questioned her choice of life she was in search of you and of the best way to serve you. Through her married love she became a sign of your love for the Church and for humanity; like you, Good Samaritan, she stopped at the side of every sick person, small and weak; after your example and for love, she gave herself entirely, generating new life.

Holy Spirit, font of every perfection, give also to us wisdom, intelligence and courage after the example of St. Gianna, and through her intercession and example in her personal, family, and professional life, may we be able to put ourselves at the service of every person and grow in this way in love and in holiness. Amen.

Read about St. Gianna

Saint John Paul II

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"You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations. You are called to work and pray against abortion."

St. John Paul II

Prayer for intercession

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

Saint John Paul II, pray for us…