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
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.
From the US Bishops' Pastoral Letter, Open Wide Our Hearts