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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 for Dismantling Racism
    by Sisters of Providence
  • Train Wreck Prayer
    God, whose providential care never ceases to bring good out of misfortune,
    hear our prayer for those who suffer because of the train derailment in Washington.
    Give the suffering consolation, hope, and patience.
    Walk with those who are healing.
    Console those who are grieving.
    Guide with your wisdom those who are investigating the causes.
    Lead government officials and those responsible for our safety and security to discharge their duty with sensitivity, wisdom, and generosity.
    Awake in all of us a deeper sense of responsibility for each other. Amen

    by Very Rev Greg Sakowicz. Holy Name Cathedral   Profiles in Catholicism
  • Prayer for the Loss of our Sisters and Brothers in the Attack on the Church in Pakistan
    Lord God,
    As we move close to our celebration of Christ's renewed presence in all of creation, we mourn the loss
    of our sisters and brothers in the attack on the church in Pakistan. May the Christmas season remind us
    of the dignity of all people May the spirit of this season recommit us as Catholic Christians personally
    and institutionally to work ceaselessly for a better understanding among peoples of all faith traditions. We
    pray in Christ's name.

    John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
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  • A Prayer for Those Killed and Wounded in the Egyptian Mosque Attack
    Our Father, the One God of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
    We band together in your Name, Oh God,
    to pray for those so brutally murdered in the mosque in Egypt.
    Men, women and children,
    all created in the divine image and likeness.
    Our fellow humans and fellow believers.
    They had gathered together to praise You, Oh God,
    and to call upon you to help us to bring peace, Salaam/Shalom/Pax,
    to all humanity.
    We are with them in love and hope
    for an end to this senseless violence wreaked upon the innocent
    by hate-filled fanatics who do not understand their own religion.
    We pray for their families and friends and for all Muslims of good will around the world,
    who are under attack because of their faith-filled observance of Islam.
    by Dr. Eugene J. Fisher   Profiles in Catholicism
  • 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.
    Eileen Quinn Knight. PhD Profiles in Catholicism

  • Prayer for Seminarians
    Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for these men whom You have called to discern priesthood. We beg Your continued blessings on our Diocese and families. Call forth even more men of generous spirit and fervent love whom You desire for this holy work. Ame

  • Prayer to End Violence
    For all who live amidst bloodshed and violence: that the blood of those who have died may spur the living to work for peace and justice for all people
    and an end to terrorism, we pray to the Lord.

  • 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.

  • Prayer for Those who Died and Were Injured in Bronx Apartment Fire
    Lord, we pray that you receive the souls of the children and adult who died the Bronx apartment fire into you loving embrace, help heal those who were injured, and comfort that family members and friends
    by Sarah Lyon   Profiles in Catholicism

  • 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.


    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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The Power to Heal:
by Sister Mary Agnes Dombroski

Breaking bread with the poor
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Bishop Barron on The Devil 

10 SECRET MESSAGES Hidden in Famous Paintings!
January Film of the Month


Saint Augustine