Prayers

Updated: Oct 20

A prayer for all the children traumatized by sexual violence

… Out of the silence

… Out of the secrecy

… Out of the shame

Has come a voice, oh Lord, not one

but many, not many but too many …

… Out of the silence

In which words fought to form

Or were mangled in the speaking

Or were decried as fabricated

Came the tears through which hearts,

Un-Hid, torched with knowing,

Struggled and grappled with pain

And said what was done, oh Lord, in secret.

… Out of the secrecy

In which files were hidden and moved,

Or left, too difficult to attend to,

Or lost, in paper mazes and people moves

Came the tearing truth to be told,

Shattering, boldly, the practices of the

Past, dismantling pretences and

Witnessing, oh Lord, to what happened.

… Out of the shame,

In which lives were cruelly twisted,

Shocked, unstitched, on hold

Stole the faltering start to stop abuse

Came the call out of silence, oh Lord,

Came the call out of secrecy, oh Lord,

Came the call out of shame, oh Lord!

Passing through a clawed silence

Passing through a scrupulous secrecy

Passing through a cloying shame

From here, oh Lord, will strength begin?

To what, oh Lord, will life now bring?

To whom, oh Lord, will my heart sing?

Oh Mother of the living Son, let life thrive

Oh wife and mother let families survive

Oh wife and mother and daughter too,

Open anew the vocations trashed and reviled.

Oh Joseph, foster father of the Son, show forth

The work, done, undone and still to be done

Of the husband’s cherishing of wife and family,

Foster the dignity of man and woman and work.

Out of awareness, let us listen to others

Out of what we know, let us know the unknown

Out of healing, let us help to prevent the stripping

Of innocence, peace, childhood, and friendship.

So, all angels and saints, traversing times

And places, search our holed humanity and

Turn hiding places inside out and help us address

The causes of vulnerability; undo disguises,

Challenge us anew to change, going beyond change

To conversion, conversion taking us through to

Being different and discovering the graced blessings

That perfects our efforts and grants us gifts.

Oh Lord, renew the face of the earth and inspire

The passing permanent improvement which, enriching

Now will go with us into eternity, outliving corruption

And causing love to course again through this generation.

by Francis Etheredge, author of numerous books and the forthcoming, Within Reach of You: A Book of Prose and Prayers.


Prayer to live the Truth

Blessed are those that fight for truth and justice. They are shining examples to us of honesty and integrity, Lord, by having courage to always fight for the truth, exposing evil and suffering for it

You said “The Truth will set us free”, Help us see and know the truth and accept it and never to keep silent when we know

of child abuse by friend, relative ,a stranger. Lord give us strength to help the child and tell the truth.

Your example of speaking out will inspire us, Help us learn your words and actions.

When we know the truth of corruption that always causes suffering. give us the courage to expose it and to challenge the wrong doing, confront evil, reveal the truth.

Lord, with your friendship, we will never betray you with silence, apathy, and indifference but to do the good, share and live the truth with honesty and integrity . Amen

by Father Shay Cullen


Prayer for the children saved from sexual abuse by the Preda Foundation


Oh Lord, we thank you for hearing the voices of sexually abused children, who have been saved and brought into new lives through the work of Father Shay Cullen and the Preda Foundation These voices of hurt and fear are too often unheard.

Inspired by the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, those who work in the Preda Foundations hear the childrens' anguished cries and lovingly respond, freeing them from capture and gently, over the years, raising them from virtual death to new lives of fulfillment and responsibility, so that they in turn can be the voices of others in need.

Oh Lord, help us to hear the voices of all those crying out to us in need and fear. Help us to do what we can, following the model of the Preda Foundation, to help children and all those in need reclaim their lives and filled with love for You and for each other respond with love and care for all in need. by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism


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.


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