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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.
byJohn T. Pawlikowski, OSM Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Those Killed and Injured
in the Syrian Gas Attack Oh, Lord, we pray for the repose of the souls of those recently killed in
They were innocents, caught up in a war that seems to have no end.
We pray also for those injured, that they may heal and be well.
The use of chemical weapons is a war crime.
We pray that all involved may be able to come together
and find a way to a just peace
that will spare the lives of others
who may become victims.
Eugene Fisher Profiles in
All praise and glory to you for
blessing the United States of America and the world you created with the life of
your daughter, Barbara Bush. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Barbara
exemplified your holy values of marriage, family and motherhood, and served you
as a role model for families and mothers of many generations. The matriarch of
this great nation, Barbara was a beacon of your blessed virtues of truth,
integrity, humility, and strength. Moved by the passion of the Holy Spirit in
her heart your daughter, Barbara, served the economically and educationally
disadvantaged and glorified you with her ardent advocacy of literacy.
May you embrace Barbara
lovingly in your arms during this time of transition to her heavenly home, and
may you comfort her family and those mourning her passing with the peace that
transcends all human understanding.
We offer this prayer in the
name of your Son, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Prayer for the Canadian
killed and Injured in a Bus Accident
Dear God of hope and faith,
Another tragedy Saturday, April
7th, that lifts our pained hearts to You. We pray for the15 who were killed, the
14 injured (3 critically) as they headed toward a play off game. One can almost
hear the joyful sounds on the bus as they approached their destination. It was
filled with the joy of sports and companionship as they talked over the plays
and their excitement about being in the Jr. League Hockey. The sacredness and
sanctity of life was obvious in the picture that went viral showing the 3
injured holding hands. That companionship is shown to You almighty God as we
manifest our deep care for one another. We also see the goodness of the coach
who prayed for those who were parents of the students, who prayed for those who
had brothers and sisters of children who were killed/injured. We ask you to
bless them all and assist us in remembering all the goodness they did in their
A Prayer for
Those Killed and Injured in the Münster, Germany Van Attack Lord, our God, we give you thanks for all of grace
you have bestowed upon us. Lord, we pray for those who fail to recognize the
grace and goodness you bring to our soul. We pray for those who are blinded by
anger and hatred. We pray for those blinded by mental illness or rage. Lord,
give us the strength to fight the weapons of the world with prayer and love.
May your grace strengthen us to draw people into your loving embrace. We ask
all this united to your Risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. by
Profiles in Catholicism
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.
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 by
Father Louis J. Cameli
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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)\
Father David O. Brown, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism
Peregrine 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
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
God 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”
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.