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  • A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
    Lord God, you created life and beauty in this world.  You then entrusted the human community with caring for, and enhancing, your creation. 
    Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously.  Lead us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all nuclear weapons from our earth.  We cannot hope to meet this challenge without your continuing presence and support.  For this we make our prayerful plea in your name.
    by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
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  • Prayer to St. Peregrine
    We pray to you to comfort and assist all people with cancer and to hasten approved treatments for cancer in all counties.  We also pray that you heal John O'Brien, OFM.

  • A Prayer Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Good and gracious God,
    Please guide all of us to be especially aware of the need for respect,
    All of your creatures need your help in whatever they do and are,
    They need You in the morning when the miraculous sun is rising,
    They need You at lunch as we leave our desks to get some sustenance for our work
    And to share our thoughts with others.

    They need You in the evening as they traverse through traffic to return to home
    In the midst of all this Lord, people forget the sacredness of each person they meet,
    We all need to remember each little bump or touch might be offensive to another,
    We need to share our boundaries in word and deed with each other
    We all need to remember each word that we say that gets people upset
    Lord we need your guidance as we travel through the day and evening
    Whether it is in our homes, work or leisure help us to remember the sacredness of every aspect of life. It is through your guidance that we can bring that understanding of not only who we are but who others are in our midst. We need to understand the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to them and keep our minds and hearts on your goodness, Lord.

    When someone is disrespectful, help us to forgive them Lord and remember your graces of forgiveness and love. If the disrespect has become evil, help us Lord, to report them to the proper authorities that you have provided for us to contact so that they will not be participating in this behavior again.
    Guide us Lord, protect us as we are ‘the apple of your eye’ ‘hide us in the shadow of your wings’.
    Give us a tongue of kindness and compassion
    Give us hands that offer others help
    We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
    by
    Eileen Quinn Knight. PhD Profiles in Catholicism

  • A Prayer to End Gun Violence
    Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
    Before your passion,
      As you people waved palms in your honor,
      You saw the city and wept over it because you
           Loved it.
      You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
       In that beloved city
     still you loved it and wept over it.
    Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
       Love them and protect them.
       Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
    Violence and chaos.
    Weep over us and love us.
    Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us.
         (See Lk 19)\
    by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.
     Profiles in Catholicism
     

  • A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
    As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.

    God of freedom, beauty and truth
    we believe that your deepest desire,
    your most powerful energy,
    is that all creation might know abundant life.

    We raise our voices in anguished prayer
    for our sisters and brothers,
    women and girls, men and boys,
    who are modern day slaves;
    They are your beloved daughters and sons,
    exploited sexually or forced to work
    because of human violence and greed.

    Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion
    that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice;
    that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;
    that all of us might live in such a way
    that others are not made to pay the price
    for our comfort and convenience.

    Hasten the coming of the day when all people
    and our precious Earth itself
    will be treated, not as a commodity,
    but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth.
    Amen. May it be so.

  • Prayer for Those with Disabilities
    Giving praise and thanks to you, O God
    In whose image we have all been created,
    We gather in faith and love,
    Where through the power of the Spirit,
    All our bodies,
    disabled and non disabled alike,
     all become one Body in Christ Jesus.
    With tender mercy and love you created life and hope 
    out of darkness and emptiness,
    and then in your wisdom,
    because you understood that human vulnerability
    is the source of communion in the Kingdom,
    you sent your only child to enter into the frailty of human life.
    Your graciousness is a never-ending source of justice and mercy
    best known to us through Jesus, the Christ,
    Who in life, death and resurrection,
    preached hope and inclusion.
    Even when we sin by excluding
    those who society pushes to the margins because they are different,
    you continue to shower us with mercy by inviting us 
    back to the table of embodied love,
    giving us yet another chance to taste and drink of a justice 
    that welcomes the estranged and the stranger as friend
    and bids us, here and now,
    to join you in building the Kingdom.
    [This is the preface from the "Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion” 
    published in Ministry and Liturgy 25, no. 5 (June/July 2000)]
     
     

 

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  • Help Sasha Save Her Soulmate Chad
    by Ethical Solutions, Organizer for American Living Organ Donor Network
  • Whether They Are Young or Old, Hungry or Addicted, Homeless or Friendless...
    Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.
    With 150 programs at 153 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.
    For more than 98 years, Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Our services help people from the point of conception through the last stages of their lives. We keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, keep youth in school and out of gangs, counsel and give job training to adults with economic troubles, provide affordable housing for seniors, and organize in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves.

    donations@catholiccharities.net

    Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church
  • Support Capuchin Community Services
    At the Capuchin Community Services, we support those who cannot support themselves. We are grateful to you for your support whether it be through prayer, through donated goods, or through financial donation. Please be assured that we are careful stewards of your trust.We welcome contributions of any size. All are acknowledged and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Capuchin Community Services is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. Unless otherwise directed, donations support the local ministry and the Province.
    To donate through the mail: Capuchin Community Services PO Box 05830
    Milwaukee, WI  53205-0830

 

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