Medal of Life
This Irish Blessings Medal of Life celebrates life from conception to natural end
The Irish Blessings Medal of Life is for all people of goodwill who wish to affirm life. It is also for all who wish to acknowledge God’s vast love and mercy, who seek to place the wonderful love of God for all life at the center of their spiritual journey, who desire to be open to the life-enhancing grace and holiness of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who is bothered by the culture of death, who is troubled by violence, who recognizes evil.
This Irish Blessings Medal of Life prayer for life flows out of a heart filled with worship and awe before a life-giving, loving God, a reverent heart inspired by Christ and open to the transforming action of the Spirit (see Psalm 37:5). Prayer for life finds expression in a variety of ways that begin with praise and thanksgiving. It engages in graced supplication inspired by the crucified Christ (see Zechariah 12:10). Prayer for life also involves intercession and petition, rooted in repentance for every attack on life. Inspired by the prayer of the saints in glory. Prudent fasting and abstaining may also be practiced.
Start of the Medal of Life
The inspiration for the Medal of Life first arose in a housewife’s time of prayer and intercession. It seemed as if God the Father, wanted people to affirm life in all its phases. The outline of the medal evolved from that first moment of inspiration through a process of ongoing reflection. It is now being issued cum permissu superiorum from the Salesian Provincial in Ireland.
The Medal of Life is for all people of good will who wish to affirm life. It is also for all who seek to place life at the centre of their spiritual journey. Anyone who is bothered by the culture of death are invited to join in prayer for life.
Prayer for life finds expression in a variety of ways that begin with praise and thanksgiving. Prayer for life also involves intercession and petition. It is inspired by the prayers of the saints in glory.
Prayer for Life
Father, I wear this medal in Your honour. You give life and light to all things. Holy Trinity, protect life! Protect the wonders of creation! Protect all living beings!
I repent all the personal and systemic sins against life and the holiness of life. I repent personal and systemic sins against the integrity of creation itself. Holy Trinity, protect life! Protect the wonders of creation! Protect all living beings!
Mother Mary, pray for the unborn! Pray for the vulnerable! For the terminally ill! Pray for all living beings. Holy Trinity, protect life! Protect the wonders of creation! Protect all living things!
Father, thank you for the gift of life! Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us how to live life to the full! Holy Spirit please empower true apostles of life! Amen.
Cum permissu superiorum Fr Jack Finnegan SDB