June 2018 : Prayers

Updated: Jun 2, 2018



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, Profiles in Catholicism


Prayer for Those Killed and Injured at the Santa Fe Texas High School Shooting Dear God, Heavenly Father and Bestower of Life,

In their time of great fear, your Son, Jesus, came to his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” In this time of terror and grave aggression in our schools and on our streets, we seek Christ’s peace in our hearts and in our minds. Grant us the peace that transcends human understanding, especially all school children, parents, and educators. Help them trust in your infinite goodness and protection, so that they fear not the basic and necessary act of attending school.


Bring your Holy Spirit upon the loved ones of those who perished in the tragic school shooting at the Santa Fe High School in Texas, and console them unceasingly in their moments of devastating loss and grief. Please embrace in your arms and comfort the souls fatally wounded by one so young yet so disturbed and separated from you. Bless him with your mercy and reconcile him with your compassion.

Father, unite all of your children in the Light of your Holy Spirit, and kindle us in the fire of the Spirit’s love and peace. Renew our nation and our world with that same Spirit, so that we may experience your Kingdom in the here and now.

And as always, may our prayers rise up like incense before you.

Through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

by Denise Sutherland Profiles in Catholicism


Prayer for the Flood Victims in Kenya

Gracious God, I pray for the victims of this disaster, Lord, that you would comfort the lives that were spared Lord, and that you would take care of those who perished.

Lord, please bless those who are doing everything they can to help these people and also make sure that things run smoothly in repairing this great community/State/Nation.


Please help the victims to have patience and also help family members to be reunited. Lord, I pray that you will ensure that the victims do not come under any illnesses from this disaster, and I also pray that they get enough food and clean water and proper shelter for everyone.

Lord, please touch the hearts of the world to continue to pray for these people and also to donate whatever they can to help rebuild this wonderful State.

Lord, only you can make miracles happen and I am asking for one now.

Amen A Prayer for the Palestinians Killed and Injured as a Result of Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Gracious God, I pray for the victims of this disaster, Lord, that you would comfort the lives that were spared Lord, and that you would take care of those who perished.

Lord, please bless those who are doing everything they can to help these people and also make sure that things run smoothly in repairing this great community/State/Nation.

Please help the victims to have patience and also help family members to be reunited.

Lord, I pray that you will ensure that the victims do not come under any illnesses from this disaster, and I also pray that they get enough food and clean water and proper shelter for everyone.


Lord, please touch the hearts of the world to continue to pray for these people and also to donate whatever they can to help rebuild this wonderful State.

by Dr. Eugene Fisher 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


Prayer for Senator John McCain

Almighty God from all evils and the scourges of cancer, deliver your servant John McCain, we pray to the Lord. Graciously hear us, O Lord.


A 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”


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.



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