Lord, thank you for the wonder of life,
And for the marvels of life in the womb.
As we learn more about our unborn brothers and sisters,
We see that they learn the sound of voices as they hear them in the womb,
Especially the voices of their mothers.
May this remind us, O God, of what your Son told us:
My sheep hear my voice.
As we all continue to grow in knowledge, and in faith, hope and love,
May we recognize your voice, O Lord,
Coming to us in the voice of Christ, in his Scriptures and in his Church.
May we long to hear that voice with every decision we make,
And may it console us in every suffering we endure.
May it shape every hope we embrace
And purify every desire we nurture.
And in hearing your voice, O God, may we be even more sensitive
To the voices of our brothers and sisters,
Especially those who are most in need and call out for our help.
Bless and protect us all, born and unborn.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.