338 • Part III. Christian Morality: The Faith Lived
of legal and social protection, grievous damage is done to the
moral foundations of the democratic community.
—Pope John Paul II, Homily delivered at Giants Stadium
during pastoral visit to the United Nations and the
United States (October 5, 1995), no. 6
Act of Hope
O my God,
Relying on your infinite goodness and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins,
The help of your grace, and life everlasting,
through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Now that you have been freed from sin and have
become slaves of God, the benefit that you have
leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life.