from Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love: the U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter addressing racism

Mary, friend and mother to all,

through your Son,

God has found a way to unite himself

to every human being,

called to be one people,

sisters and brothers to each other.

We ask for your help

in calling on your Son,

seeking forgiveness for the times

when we have failed

to love and respect one another.

We ask for your help

in obtaining from your Son

the grace we need

to overcome the evil of racism

and to build a just society.

We ask for your help

in following your Son,

so that prejudice and animosity

will no longer infect our minds or hearts

but will be replaced with a love

that respects the dignity of each person.

Mother of the Church,

the Spirit of your Son Jesus

warms our hearts:

pray for us.