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.
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.
John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
Prayer for those killed and injured by the bridge collapse in Miami, Florida
come before you asking for rapid healing for all those injured in today's bridge
collapse, that you provide comfort for all those who lost a friend or loved one,
and most of all, that you bring the souls of all those killed, quickly to your
bosom. Watch over them, and let them see the beauty of your face.
glory be shown in the actions of all those who rendered aid to the injured,
whether they be passers-by or first responders.
especially, we ask that you send your angels to give peace to the grieving.
all this in the name of Jesus, our Lord.
by Deacon Greg Weigold
Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for the Students and Teachers Massacred in Parkland,
Watch over us, God of tender mercy,
as we bury our children and their teachers
who should not have died so soon, and
who should not have come under attack
by dark forces we cannot understand.
Give us courage in our grieving,
a resolute spirit to change what we can,
and a determination to stay with you and each other,
as we all make our journey home to you. Amen
Father Louis J. Cameli
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
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,
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)\
Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.
Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer to St.
We pray to you to
comfort and assist all people with cancer and to hasten approved
treatments for cancer in all counties. We also pray that you heal
Praying for Phillip
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.
Prayer for Those with Disabilities
Giving praise and thanks to you, O
In whose image we have all been created,
We gather in faith and love,
Where through the power of the
All our bodies,
disabled and non disabled alike,
all become one Body in Christ
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
is the source of communion in the
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
Who in life, death and
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
This is the preface from the
"Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion”
Dantrell Davis, Ryan Harris, Eric Morse,
Derrion Albert, Blair Holt, Jonylah Watkins,
and the hundreds of
other children murdered and
continue to be murdered in Chicago
O God, we pray for those who have been
murdered on the streets of our city.
We commit to your loving care those who have died,
beseeching you to receive
their souls into the mercy of your love. Comfort their loved
ones who mourn.
Enable them to meet the lonely and painful days ahead in the
strength of your love.
Let the love that you have made known to us lead us to
create safer streets for all to walk upon.
Vienna Cobb Anderson
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
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
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.