A Prayer for the Victims of Domestic Violence:
Lord, you alone know what no one else knows;
You are beside me: Help me to remember you are there.
Oh Mary, I wore a crown of splendour, being chosen to be
Together, the bright sparkle of pleasure, dressing up
Looking to impress and to enjoy the other’s company,
Full of hope and the expectation of colourful days,
Small gifts, outings, cards and mutual helpfulness.
Lord, you alone know how being chosen, like a
Crowning, slips, little by little, on purpose or not?
Oh Mary, at first it seemed as if we upset each other and,
Bending the knee, as if apologies meant changes;
But then, like a circuit, we circle, wondering what
Will spark an outbreak, denting the crown a bit more,
Tilting it to slipping, wondering if we will lose it.
Lord, you alone know how a crown changes into a
Crown of thorns, the sharp ends upended and down.
Oh Mary, we are alone as our movements are tracked.
Our silence, bought by some unholy threat, is fragile,
As our every thought turns through the quagmire of
Escape, suicide, recapture, renewed torments, either
Verbal or worse, as the search for “out” goes “out”.
Lord, we hoped in change and change did not come,
Except that the thorns bit deeper and drew bloody tears.
Oh Mary, how slow we are to find the exit, as if its dark
And lightless, airless even, as we go about like dungeoned
Beasts, barely able to move unnoticed, but springing,
Like the new beginning we long for, at the opportunity
To suddenly go, begin again, get lost in a crowd and go
Lord, I know you are there, even if, at times I forget
You, for you came to make a home in me and stayed.
Oh Mary, St. Joseph, took the Holy Family to safety, take
Us, if we need to go, to a place out of reach, allowing healing-help
To come, bringing shelter from the blizzarding blasts of shame
Reproach, recrimination and withdrawal, hopelessly hoping
To forget what will not be forgotten but let forgiveness help.
Lord, I know you are both here and that you go ahead to
Where I cannot go alone, bring me the warmth of fellowship.
Oh Mary, visit the hearth of my heart, make it possible to love
Like you, in the darkness of faith, trusting in the mission of the
Church, seeking to succour us, and set a new crown upon our
Heads, signifying the enduring love that comes from you
And which will stay, night and endless day, blossoming life.
Lord, you sent your apostles into the world to seek out and
To heal illnesses, troubles and strife in all and in each of us.
Oh Mary, pass among us, opening doors and pointing the way,
Asking for our needs as you see them, inviting your Son and
His disciples to be present, to visit, to mend, to find a way to
Work together to do the good which needs to be done, undoing
The harm and transforming our experience into cutting edge help.
by Francis Etheridge, author of the now published!!!
Within Reach of You: A Book of Prose and Prayers:
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