Independence Day is a celebration of life. In the liturgy for Independence Day, we read this prayer: “Jesus spoke to men a message of peace, and taught us to live as brothers. His message took form in the vision of our fathers as they fashioned a nation where men might live as one. This message lives on in our midst as a task for men today and a promise for tomorrow. We thank you, Father, for your blessings in the past, and for all that with your help we must yet achieve.” Each time I say that beautiful prayer in the Mass of July 4, I reflect on the work that you and I do together to restore protection for the unborn. No work can be more American than that.