Your Spirit told us
through the mouth of Paul
that the whole earth
and we too
as your children
in the pangs of a birth!
It is easy, Lord,
to grasp and affirm this.
For there are passages
so difficult
and hours
so filled with anguish
that the image really applies:
they are labour pains!
Something is being born.
Who knows?
   A world in which men and women can breathe,
   a more just, a more human world!

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