JULY 16-31 ISSUE



A Message from the Editor


There is an urgent need to fund mental health studies, Increase access to care to all those inn need, and reduce the stigma of with mental earth challenges For an overview of some of these challenges refer to our web on Mental Health/Illness.

We congratulate Regina Pontes for the Catholic Press Association Awards Indie Author for Perseverance is Key.


Special Prayers


Prayer for Inclusion


Creator God, we are your people. We look to the future with optimism and with faith in you, As we pursue our call to provide justice and fullness of life. For all people with mental illness. We pray that every man, woman and child May develop their potential And meet you In themselves and in one another. May we enjoy a totally welcoming community, With you as our center, Joined hand in hand with our sisters and brothers. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Based on the Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities – NCPD Council (National Catholic Partnership on Disability)


A Quote to Remember

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increase the burden: It is easier to say "My tooth is aching" than to say "My heart is broken".”

by C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain Interviews

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Prayers


A Prayer for Those Who Have Suffered Abuse by the Clergy


God, in your providential love you comfort those who are wounded and afflicted.

Hear our prayers for those who have suffered abuse by those in their families or by those entrusted with their care.

In a special way, we pray for those who suffered abuse by clergy who betrayed a sacred trust and who were meant to stand for your loving presence in their lives.

May those who have been hurt find support and encouragement in communities of faith, hope, and love.

May they discover healing in genuinely loving and caring relationships.

May they reclaim hope for themselves.

May they be strengthened and confirmed in their resolve to set things aright.

May they rest in you who make all things work for the good. Amen

by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer to End Gun Violence


Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,

Before your passion,

As your 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 Migrant Children

Good Lord, who said “Whoever receives one of these little ones, receives me,” bless the little ones who are caught in the struggle of migration, separation, and abuse. Give all those adults who are responsible for them and for their welfare the wisdom and courage to do the children justice and to protect them. Make our hearts more ,loving and willing to do the right thing by them. May we see in all people young and old your image and so reverence their great dignity. We make our prayer through you who came among us as a child and who was forced to flee the threat of violence Amen by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism


Prayer for Volunteers


Loving God, I believe that you have called me to serve the young Church. Dedicated me for this mission. And appointed as a prophet to a new generation. I am grateful and humbled that you have chosen me for this ministry. But in your wisdom, you did not leave me to do this work on my own – instead you have blessed me with dedicated and committed volunteers. Men and women you have also called, dedicated, and appointed for this ministry. Thank you for each of them. Thank you for uniquely equipping each of them with their own gifts and talents to be used in this ministry. Thank you for giving them each a willing heart and an eagerness to serve with gladness. Thank you for entrusting them to me and my leadership – help me to live up to that role. Strengthen and sustain each of the men and women who work alongside me. Grant them the patience, understanding, and grace to love and care for your teens – particularly for those teens who need extra patience, understanding, and grace. Help us to work as one body in Christ – filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit: That together we may offer to you our gifts and talents to build your kingdom. That we might be united by  a common mission and zeal. That the young people we serve may see your glory reflected in our service. We ask this through your son’s holy and precious name. Amen. by ProjectYM


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