A Message from the Editor
October was a tragic month which is why we have three Prayers of the Month.
As a follow up to our Prayer to St. Anthony for Jamal Khashoggi, you may want to read
The murder of a Saudi journalist draws attention to U.S. complicity in Yemen by Kevin Clarke in US Catholic and A Shameful Alliance by the Editors of the National Catholic Reporter.
As nations try to address the global opioid epidemic, it is important to understand how all addictions are interrelated. On our Substance Abuse and Addiction web, we have added articles on Social Media Addiction and Video Game Addiction.
Please pray for all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Caravan seeking refuge in the United States and Mexico.
Father Sudhaker Thalla has asked me to request that our readers send a small donation to help save the life of Alwin Rex, one of his parishioners. Just a few dollars would be very helpful. Please see our Advocacy section.
In the fight of good versus evil, evil appears to be winning. Hatred of others has became a global pandemic due in part to political polarization and extremism, the rise of the Neo-Nazi movement and White Supremacy, the lack of moral political leadership, and Silicon Valley’s failure to curb hate speech on social media This has contributed to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting massacre
Please read Reflection on Antisemetic Attack on Pittsburgh Synagogue by Dr. Eugene Fisher.
Prayers of the Month
A Prayer for our Jewish Sisters and Brothers and First Responders in Pittsburgh
Our Creator God we mourn with you the loss of, and injuries, our Jewish sisters and brothers and first responders in Pittsburgh. May God give eternal peace to those who have died; may your healing touch strengthen those who are injured. We pray for courage to confront the scourge of antisemitism and other forms of social hatred, Help us become catalysts for social cohension in a time when so many speak words of social separation. Our hope remains rooted in your presence among us.
by Father John Pawlikowski Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to St. Anthony for Jamal Khashoggi and his Family
St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that we, but especially his family will find Jamal Khashoggi, who has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen. by Christian Peschken Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for the 198 Lives Lost in the Indonesian Air Flight Crash
Son of the Living God,
have mercy on all who are taken from us suddenly, unexpectedly, without warning,
and let them rest in your company.
Have mercy on us who are left, shocked, angry, hurt, bewildered,
unable to understand what has happened.
Send your healing help in the midst of the blackening hole where once there were those
we knew, loved, looked forward to meeting again, returning, going into life,
beginning a life together, growing up and working.
Have mercy on all who are involved in the rescue and, if anyone is alive, let them be discovered and brought to safety.
Help all to find the cause of this tragedy and to express, sensitively,
what needs to be said and done to prevent it being repeated.
by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
Quote of the Month
I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and in particular to the Jewish community, which was struck yesterday by a terrible attack in the synagogue. May the Most High welcome the dead into his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded. In reality, we are all wounded by this inhuman act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, strengthening the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all.
by Pope Francis
Reflection on Antisemetic Attack on Pittsburgh synagogue by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism,
Witness “Begets” Witnesses by Francis Etheridge Homelitic & Pastoral Review
Everlasting is their Heritage: A Jewish Prayer for the Dead by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Patheos
A case of anti-Semitic harassment at a Paris university by Denis Peiron La Croix International.
Episcopal and Anglican leaders respond to anti-Semitic mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue by Anglican Communion News Service
When it comes to politics, sisters are dedicated to confronting pervasive structures of oppression by The Life Panelists Global Sisters Report
Catholics have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism by The Editors America
Catholic bishops end synod with controversy and compromise by Thomas Reese Religion News Service
Migrants expelled from Angola are in desperate need in the Congo by Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp Vaticn News
U.S. Catholic leaders call for compassion and dignity for migrant ‘caravan’ by Kevin Clarke America
President Trump Pardons Bill Cosby by Andrew Hall Patheos
Are Christians Upset at Trump’s Suggestion That Places of Worship Need Armed Guards? by Jeana Jorgensen Patheos
Florida middle school girls plotted to kill up to 15 students, drink their blood, police say by Nicole Darrah Fox News
Catholic bishops end synod with controversy and compromise by Thomas Reese Religion News Service
Rebuilding with the poorest Give back the power to act to people who have an experience of poverty, says the president of Caritas by Véronique FayetLa Croix International
Number of Americans who say they are witches is on the rise by Christine Rousselle Catholic News Agency
'Knock, knock. Who's there? More than half the church!' by NCR Editorial Staff
A Shameful Alliance by The Editors National Catholic Reporter
A New Catholic Moment/ Why Prosecutors Are Taking Bold Steps on Sex-Abuse by Paul Moses National Catholic Reporter
Court dismisses Satanists’ case against pro-life laws by Dorothy Cummings McLean LiveSiteNews
Instrumentum Laboris (the "Working Document" of "Instrument of Work") produced prior to the present October 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment by the Synod of Bishops Vatican
Honduras: The Bishops and the ‘Human Tragedy” of the Caravan by Zenit Staff
Modern challenges for Bangladesh Catholics by Stephan Rozario and Rock Rozario, Dhaka UCANews.com
Rebecca Bitrus’ Story of Suffering and Perseverance by Adie Vanessa Offiong Zenit
The November meeting of U.S. bishops by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Chicago Catholic
Synods Aren’t Just for the Bishops by Massimo Faggioli Commonweal
Remembering the church of the poor by Inday Espina-Varona UCANews.com
Home of Cardinal attacked by Father Pablo Patheos
Mom with 'gut feeling' stops school shooter before planned attack by Elise Solé Yahoo Lifestyle
The murder of a Saudi journalist draws attention to U.S. complicity in Yemen by Kevin Clarke US Catholic
Anglicans respond to climate crisis by Anglican Communion News Service
Statement from Archbishop Angaelos on attack on Coptic clergy in Jerusalem by Independent Catholic News
Judge orders arrest of longtime suspect in St. Romero's 1980 killing by Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service
Holy See Urges Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space by Statement by Archbishop Auza at United Nations/Zenit
Indonesian school kick out children with HIV by Ryan Dagur UCANews.com
Trinidad and Tobago: Pope Francis Offers Condolences in Wake of Floods, Earthquakes by Cardinal Pietro Parolin Vatican Secretary of State Zenit
Sex talk at the Synod by Deacon Greg Kandra Patheos
Vatican expert praises 'courageous' conference on child abuse by Jo Siedlecka Independent Catholic News
Off Target. How U.S. Sanctions Are Crippling Venezuela by Joy Gordon Commonweal
Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope by Nicole Winfield Crux
Can you build a profitable church on the margins? by Ashley McKinless America
The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About to Get Worse by Riley Griffin Bloomberg News
Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations, addressed a UN General Assembly meeting on human rights by Robin Gomes Vatican News
3 Takeaways From The Synod by Bill McCormick. SJ The Jesuit Post
In Appalachia and Wisconsin, two approaches to the opioid crisis by Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans National Catholic Reporter
Australia: Catholic Church Stands with Prime Minister, Renews Apology The Prime Minister’s Official Statement by Jim Fair Zenit
Then They Came For Me by Scot McBight Patheos
For the sake of democracy, it’s time for politicians to get tough on tech by Andrew Grice Independent Minds
Holy See reiterates Israel-Palestine two-state solution, Jerusalem status quo by Robin Gomes Vatican News
I Ran 4 Experiments to Break My Social Media Addiction. Here’s What Worked. by Sarah K. Peck Harvard Business Review
Archbishop Justin visits Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul as ICAOTD meets in Cyprus by Anglican Communion News Service
'Ugly cancer of racism' infects U.S., bishops say in proposed pastoral by Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter
Panel confronts abuse crisis, urging care for victims, higher ed reform .Priest, abuse survivor stresses importance of listening to victims by Dan Morris-Young National Catholic Reporter
Cartoonist’s comics lighthearted but aim to provoke thought about faith by Dave Hrbacek Crux
English and Welsh bishops on the need for prison reform by John Waters Vatican News
How one family used an obituary to lay out the reality of opioid addiction by Sarah Betancourt The Guardian
Rape Survivor Confronts Man Who Laughed When Trump Mocked Dr Ford by Rebecca Hamilton Patheos
Can we use public health models to cure the disease of gun violence? by Eileen Markey America
Youth minister hopes Church will learn how to adapt its message by Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp
WCC head speaks on link between poverty and climate change by Independent Catholic News
A Time for Heros and Goats by Dick Flavin Echoes
The psychology behind the #metoo moment by Sofia Carozza Patheos
Bp. Robert Barron, as usual, makes a lot of sense to me by Mark Shea Patheos
93 more ex-students accuse former USC gynecologist of sexual misconduct, attorney says by Stephanie Elam and Jack Hannah, CNN
Synod discusses the Church’s role in the digital world by Sarah Mac Donald CatholicIreland.net
Double Lives The Peril of Clerical Hypocrisy by Kenneth L. Woodward Commonweal
Philippine congregation decries 'red tagging' of nun by Bong S. Sarmiento UCANews.com
Youth synod of old men Catholic Church crises over youth, celibate clergy and a lack of leadership roles for women by Myron J. Pereira Le Croix International
Youth Synod: Becoming digital missionaries by Dr Paolo Ruffini Independent Catholic News
Irish Catholic bishop organizing exorcism group to rid people of Satanic spirits by Irish Central Staff
James admits ‘terrible error’ after swastika shown in TV ad by David Eggert Associated Press
Jesuit superior says pope is not the ‘chief’ of the Church- What did he mean? by Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency
Waiting for true reform by Greg Erlandson Angelus
Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination fight is dividing his D.C. Catholic church by Michelle Boorstein The Washington Post
ASEAN tackles human trafficking in Indonesia by Konradus Epa UCANews.com
US Bishops Laud Renewal of Program to Battle AIDS President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by Jim Fair Zenit
London pupils' passion for pumpkins feeds homeless by St. Gregory; School Independent Catholic News
An Olympic salute to black power: what it means 50 years later by Michael McKinley America
Anniversary of #MeToo: What Does It Take to Believe? by Kristy Burmeister Patheos
George Clooney defends Muslims, claims Trump is inciting fear by James O’Shea Irish Central
Pakistani Catholic refugees in Thailand plead for Vatican help by UCANEWS Reporter
Jesuit superior general: Synod must discern ‘signs of the times’ through eyes of young people by Gerard O’Connell America
Why the Church Needs Women (Everywhere) by Tim Duffy Patheos
Church Scandal Through the Eyes of St. Thomas More by Travis Curtright Crisis
In Cincinnati, combating daily forms of racism by Dawn Araujo-Hawkins Global Sisters Report
Eastern Europe's Catholics steer through inter-Orthodox feud by Jonathan Luxmoore National Catholic Reporter
Use EU’s moral force to protect Christians in Pakistan – call by Greg Daly Irish Catholic
Knock, Knock – Who’s There? More Than Half the Church! by Rebecca Weiss Patheos
Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable To Attack, GAO Says by Bill Chappell NPR
Vatican Conference on Peace Journalism: Empathy, not only sympathy by Francesca Merlo Vatican News/Transcend Media Service
How Facebook Hackers Compromised 30 Million Accounts by Hay Newman Wired
Francis-Hatred and the Drip, Drip, Drip of Girardian Scapegoating by Mark Shea Patheos
Why do we run from love? by Terrance Klein America
Sainting Romero and Paul VI, Francis says: no 'half measures' to holiness by Joshua J. McElwee and Heidi Schlumpf National Catholic Reporter
Oscar Romero Remembered on the Floor of the U,S, House of Representatives by ISN Staff
Memories of Óscar Romero, my bishop by Sr Martha Owen Global Sisters Report
Ana Alicia Recalls Filming the Remastered ‘Romero’ Biopic As a ‘Prayer’ by Kate O'Hara Patheos
My All Time Red Sox Team by Dick Flavin Echoes
The Catholic Church’s Biggest Crisis Since the Reformation by Massimo Faggioli Foreign Affairs
Church wins praise for sculpture of 'homeless Jesus' in Canada by La Croix International staff
London: Dominican sister describes 'miracle in Iraq' by Fr Terry Tastard Independent Catholic New
Putin Gloats about End of ‘American Dominance’ Due to ‘Many Mistakes’ by Rebecca Hamilton
Letter from Rome The Implosion of the Roman Catholic Church by Robert Mickens Commonweal
Holy See urges fight against violence, discrimination against women by Robin Gomes Vatican News. Herald Malaysia Online
When truth-telling becomes 'subversive' by Inday Espina-Varona, UCANews.com
For days we have been arguing passionately about a report on religious freedom that has not even been released by Professor Greg Craven The Australian.
Sisters of the Living Word turn to video to get message out by Michelle Martin Chicago Catholic
A Liverpool woman's African legacy by Simon Hart The Archdiocese of Liverpool
Pakistani Islamists issue warning over Asia Bibi. Any release on bail pending an appeal against her deathsentence for blasphemy would be trenchantly opposed by Zahid Hussain UCANews.com
Wuerl out: reaction and analysis by Deacon Gteg Kandra Patheos
Synod struggles to hear the voice of people with disabilities by Inés San Martín Crux/Angelus
First Synod reports focus on abuse and sexuality by Cindy Wooden Catholic Herald
Who Do You Follow? – Mimetic Theory, Politics, and Taylor Swift – The RavenCast by Adam Ericksen Patheos
The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains by Michael Joseph Gross The Atlantic
Florida Catholic event seeks to overcome denial about modern racism by Kevin Jones Catholic News Agency
7 lessons for ministry I’ve learned as a Jesuit by James Martin, S.J. America
Bishop to set up exorcism ministry as he warns of the evils of reiki by Conor Kane Irish Independent
Homeless children need clean water to drink by Linda Reeves Florida Catholic
The Nuance of Abortion Laws Without Roe v. Wade by Fr. Matthew P Schneider, LC Patheos
Campus ministry report stresses need for collaboration, more outreach by Mark Pattison Catholic News Agency/Angelus
Justin Gallegos, a runner at Oregon with cerebral palsy, thought he was just finishing another cross country race. Little did he know, Nike was waiting at the finish line to offer him a pro contract by Sports Illustrated
Everything I Can Do: Living with Down syndrome by Joey Kane America
Catholics have not cornered the market on truth by Annemarie Scobey US Catholic
Church in Colombia aids 5,000 Venezuelan emigrants a day by Catholic News Agency/Angelus
Supreme Court examines dementia, health issues in death penalty cases by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service
African youth struggle with poverty and broken families by Russell Pollitt, SJ Vatican News
L.A. County to stop collecting old juvenile detention fees, erasing nearly $90 million of families' debt by Nina Agrawal Los Angeles Times
Pope Francis: An abortion is like hiring a hit man to “fix a problem” by Carol Glatz Catholic News Service/America
Iraqi archbishop fears more persecution, says IS went underground by Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service/Angelus
Catholic comedian Jeremy McLellan on finding God by welcoming the disabled by Jeremy McLellan America
Archbishop Óscar Romero: setting the record straight by Gene Palumbo National Catholic Register
Dear Twitter, Goodbye by Jason Downer, SJ The Jesuit Post
UN calls for action to ensure mental health of adolescents by Robin Gomes Vatican News
Synod tackles sexuality, role of women and abuse crisis by Claire Giangravè Crux Now
Bishop Henry: Speak Boldly and Evangelize in the Media by Father Matthew P, Schneider, LC Patheos
Holy See urges fight against violence, discrimination against women by Robin Gomes Vatican News
One year after Hurricane Maria, can Puerto Rico be made whole? by M.T. Dávila National Catholic Reporter
Cardinal Marc Ouellet responds to Viganò charges, accuses him of blasphemy by Gerard O’Connell America
A Mother’s Devotion by Uli Covarrubias, SJ The Jesuit Post
When Jesus Broke Up the “Boys-Will-Be-Boys” Club by Bert Montgomery Patheos
Sr. Aquila Sy recounts serving the mistreated, fleeing Philippines after threats by Joyce Meyer Global Sisters Report
Tender Is The Night: How To Take Care of Each Other in Troubled Times by Sarah Thebarge Patheos
Pakistan court rules on Catholic's blasphemy charge, defers announcement by Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service/Angelus
A Mother’s Devotion by Uli Covarrubias, SJ The Jesuit Post
The Nazi Downstairs: A Jewish Woman’s Tale of Hiding in Her Home by Colin Moynihan The New York Times
Q & A with Sr. Véronique Rouquet, sharing God's presence on the internet by Elisabeth Auvillain Global Sisters Report
One of the first whistleblowers on sex abuse in Catholic Church by The Irish Times
Vatican speaks out on McCarrick by Kathleen N. Hattrup Aleteia
Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news by Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis The Washington Post
The Georgia Martyrs: Missionary Zeal for Souls by Father Pablo Patheos
The fight to save the soul of the G.O.P. by John P. Langan, S.J. America
Cardinal Marx calls for 'fundamental, systemic change' to confront abuse crisis by Joshua J. McElwe National Catholic Reporter
Migration and Asylum Bishop supports call to confront racism by Independent Catholic News
The courageous witness of Saints Oscar Romero and Paul VI by Tony Magliano Catholic Sentinel
Oscar Romero’s saintly struggle for justice “ by Kathleen Manning US Catholic
Bill Wilson Becomes Bill W. as AA Gives Birth to Hope by Dwight Lee Wolter Patheos
Catholic Women Speak network calls for church reform, focus on women by Jamie Manson Global Sisters Report
Irish bishops call on government to address homelessness by CNA/EWTN News
After brief embrace with prelates, activists clash with Italian police by Jamie Manson National Catholic Reporter
Pope's appeal broadens abuse debate Humiliation of priests and bishops is perhaps a necessary evil that will enable us to become better Christians by Archbishop Pascal Wintzer of Poitiers La Croix International
Study confirms link between violent video games and physical aggression by Mike Snider, USA TODAY
3 reasons all countries should embrace the Global Compact for Migration by Anne Gallagher World Economic Forum
Protecting Indian kids when they go online by Bijay Kumar Minj UCANews/com
Discovering Mother Mary in northern Iraq after ISIS by Kevin Clarke America
Coptic community among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize by Catholic News Agency/ Angelus
Wealthy Catholics launch project to investigate every cardinal by Deacon Greg Kandra Patheos
Q & A with Sr. Rose Pacatte on the intersection of theology and film by Chris Herlinger Global Sister Report
Sister Norma Pimentel: Come to the border, be part of what we are experiencing by Sean Salai, S.J. America
What can the bishops do to help heal the Church? by John J. Strynkowski America
Governor Brown vetoes abortion pill bill by Pablo Kay Angelus News
Catholic NFL player shocks interviewer who asks, “Are you done having children?” by Ashley Jonkman Aleteia
The Force is With Us: The Gospel According to Star Wars by Erin Wathen Patheos
Yes, democratic socialism is compatible with Catholic social teaching by Brianne Jacobs America
Helping the Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand and Malaysia by Catholic Elevation
Corporate sponsorship diverts research and distorts public policy, report finds by The Guardian
Articles and Commentaries on the United States Immoral Separations of Immigrant Children from their Parents
Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us by Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J. America
When Children are Set Free by Shay Cullen, Mssc Preda Foundation
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Book Review / Commentaries
Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star by Gary Giddins Revewed by Kurt Jensen Catholic News Service/America
The Paulist Biblical Commentary Edited by Jose Enrique Aguilar Chiu, Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Carol J. Dempsey, O.P, Eileen M. Schuller, O.S.U., Thomas D. Stegman, Ronald D. Witherup, P.S.S., Reviewed by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
God's Voice Within: An Ignatian Way to determine God's will by Mark Thibodeaux Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Ricky and Julie by Shay Cullen Reviewed by Francis Bermido Jr mpm Independent Catholic News
God on the Streets of Gotham by Paul Asay Reviewed by Jacob J. Prahlow Pursuing Veritas
God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet by Barbara Lee” Reviewed by James T. Keane America
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Kansan Sarah Smarsh Reviewed by Terrance Klein America
Food Most Royal by Nora McNamara and Stephen Morse Reviewed by Matt Moran Independent Catholic News
Religion Around Billie Holiday by Katherine Lucky Commentary by Tracy Fessenden Commonweal
Les Aveux De La Chair by Michel Foucault, Edited by Frederic Gros Reviewed by José Dueño America
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone Reviewed by Bill Leonard The Baptist Standard
The Year Of Our Lord 1943 by Alan Jacobs Commentary by Kevin Spinale America
The Exodus by Richard Elliott Friedman Commentary by Paul Moses Commonweal
Every Day Is Extra by John Kerry Commentary by Mark Sullivan America
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Father Greg Boyle Reviewed by Lucas Sharma, SJ The Jesuit Post
My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh Commentary by Peter Morgan America
Spiritual Direction: A Beginner’s Guide by Father Richard “Rick” Malloy, SJ Reviewed by Rob Cullivan Angelus News
Film Reviews / Commentaries
Oscar Romero: A Shepherd According to the Heart of Christ Reviewed by Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service/America
Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Commentary by Peter Jesserer Smith Angelus
Venom Commentary Paul Asay Patheos
Beautiful Boy Reviewed by Carl Kozlowski Angelus News
First Man Reviewed by John Mulderig Catholic News Service
Lucky Reviewed by Jo Siedlecka Independent Catholic News
Repent & Submit Reviewed by Les Luchter The Savvy Screener
Come Sunday Reviewed by Danny Duncan Collum US Catholic
Marvel’s Defenders Commentary by Colten Biro, SJ The Jesuit
The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth Reviewed by Rob Weinert-Kendt America
Downstate Commentary by Michael J. O’Loughlin America
Eugène Delacroix exhibit arrives for the first time in America Reviewed by Leo J. O'Donovan, S. J, America
Feasting with the Saints
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 J Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
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
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 J. Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to End Racism
As we gather together for prayer and communion, we are reaffirming our commitment to love unconditionally, welcome all people and work to root out the cancer of racism that betrays our faith and country’s highest principles.”
by The Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts, Senior Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington. DC
A Prayer for East Africa
O Lord, with so much tragedy going on in our own country, children separated from their parents at our borders,
needy asylum seekers turned away,
against the spirit of all that we stand for,
as stated on the Statue of Liberty,
help us to think of, pray for, and find the means to help others
around the world,
especially the millions of people facing starvation
in East Africa.
We are called by the Jewish prophets and by Jesus
to help all in need, and our country has the resources to do so.
Help us to work together with other nations around the world
to raise awareness of the desperation of the East Africans,
and to pool our resources to send them food and medical aid,
so that they may survive
and help others to survive
We ask this in the name of our Loving Father, the Son who sacrificed his life for all,
and the Holy Spirit who permeates all reality and the hearts and souls of all humans.
Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
To save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
by Christian Peschken 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
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 Immigrants and Refugees
Lord Jesus, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes, you provided more than food for the body, you offered us the gift of yourself, the gift which satisfies every hunger and quenches every thirst! Your disciples were filled with fear and doubt, but you poured out your love and compassion on the migrant crowd, welcoming them as brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God's family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds.
Lord Jesus, help us by your grace,
To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister;
To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs;
To realize that you call all people to your holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice;
To share of our abundance as you spread a banquet before us;
To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.
We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family a reflection of the divine unity of the one Most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
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.
by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
,Convent Station, N.J.
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