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  • 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
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  • Train Wreck Prayer
    God, whose providential care never ceases to bring good out of misfortune,
    hear our prayer for those who suffer because of the train derailment in Washington.
    Give the suffering consolation, hope, and patience.
    Walk with those who are healing.
    Console those who are grieving.
    Guide with your wisdom those who are investigating the causes.
    Lead government officials and those responsible for our safety and security to discharge their duty with sensitivity, wisdom, and generosity.
    Awake in all of us a deeper sense of responsibility for each other. Amen

    by Very Rev Gre
    g Sakowicz. Holy Name Cathedral   Profiles in Catholicism


  • Prayer for the Loss of our Sisters and Brothers in the Attack on the Church in Pakistan
    Lord God,
    As we move close to our celebration of Christ's renewed presence in all of creation, we mourn the loss
    of our sisters and brothers in the attack on the church in Pakistan. May the Christmas season remind us
    of the dignity of all people May the spirit of this season recommit us as Catholic Christians personally
    and institutionally to work ceaselessly for a better understanding among peoples of all faith traditions. We
    pray in Christ's name.

    John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
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  • A Prayer for Those Killed and Wounded in the Egyptian Mosque Attack
    Our Father, the One God of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
    We band together in your Name, Oh God,
    to pray for those so brutally murdered in the mosque in Egypt.
    Men, women and children,
    all created in the divine image and likeness.
    Our fellow humans and fellow believers.
    They had gathered together to praise You, Oh God,
    and to call upon you to help us to bring peace, Salaam/Shalom/Pax,
    to all humanity.
    We are with them in love and hope
    for an end to this senseless violence wreaked upon the innocent
    by hate-filled fanatics who do not understand their own religion.
    We pray for their families and friends and for all Muslims of good will around the world,
    who are under attack because of their faith-filled observance of Islam.
    by Dr. Eugene J. Fisher   Profiles in Catholicism
  • Prayer after the Violence First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, Texas
    God, most merciful and kind,
    bless and keep
    those who found
    no human mercy or kindness,
    as they gathered to worship you,
    our one true source of life.
    In our grieving,
    especially for the lost lives of innocent children,
    make us know
    that human malice must give way
    to your divine justice and mercy.
    From the broken fragments of lost and wounded lives,
    build in us a strong determination
    to eradicate all forms of violence
    and all sources of violence--
    now and forever. Amen
    by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism


  • A Prayer Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Good and gracious God,
    Please guide all of us to be especially aware of the need for respect,
    All of your creatures need your help in whatever they do and are,
    They need You in the morning when the miraculous sun is rising,
    They need You at lunch as we leave our desks to get some sustenance for our work
    And to share our thoughts with others.
    They need You in the evening as they traverse through traffic to return to home
    In the midst of all this Lord, people forget the sacredness of each person they meet,
    We all need to remember each little bump or touch might be offensive to another,
    We need to share our boundaries in word and deed with each other
    We all need to remember each word that we say that gets people upset
    Lord we need your guidance as we travel through the day and evening
    Whether it is in our homes, work or leisure help us to remember the sacredness of every aspect of life. It is through your guidance that we can bring that understanding of not only who we are but who others are in our midst. We need to understand the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to them and keep our minds and hearts on your goodness, Lord.
    When someone is disrespectful, help us to forgive them Lord and remember your graces of forgiveness and love. If the disrespect has become evil, help us Lord, to report them to the proper authorities that you have provided for us to contact so that they will not be participating in this behavior again.
    Guide us Lord, protect us as we are ‘the apple of your eye’ ‘hide us in the shadow of your wings’.
    Give us a tongue of kindness and compassion
    Give us hands that offer others help
    We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
    Eileen Quinn Knight. PhD 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

  • Prayers for Yummy Sandifer, Dantrell Davis, Ryan Harris, Eric Morse, Derrion Albert, Blair Holt, Jonylah Watkins,
    and the hundreds of other children murdered and whom 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.

  • 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” 
    published in Ministry and Liturgy 25, no. 5 (June/July 2000)]


  • Prayer for Those Affected by the California Fires
    Oh, Lord, we cry out to you in anguish.
    Many, many innocents lost their homes, their livelihoods,
    and even their lives
    in the raging fires that have swept through and devastated
    so much of California.
    We pray that you will send rain
    to quench the fires
    and your loving kindness to quench the pain
    and hurt in their hearts.
    We pray that friends and neighbors
    across the United States
    find the means and the will to aid them
    in this time of great suffering.
    Lord have mercy.
    Lord have mercy.
    Lord give them your love and solace.
    by Dr. Eugene Fisher, Distinguished Professor of TheologySaint Leo University


  • Prayer to St. 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 John O'Brien, OFM.

  • Help Sasha Save Her Soulmate Chad
    by Ethical Solutions, Organizer for American Living Organ Donor Network
  • Whether They Are Young or Old, Hungry or Addicted, Homeless or Friendless...
    Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.
    With 150 programs at 153 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.
    For more than 98 years, Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Our services help people from the point of conception through the last stages of their lives. We keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, keep youth in school and out of gangs, counsel and give job training to adults with economic troubles, provide affordable housing for seniors, and organize in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves.

    Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church
  • Support Capuchin Community Services
    At the Capuchin Community Services, we support those who cannot support themselves. We are grateful to you for your support whether it be through prayer, through donated goods, or through financial donation. Please be assured that we are careful stewards of your trust.  We welcome contributions of any size. All are acknowledged and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Capuchin Community Services is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. Unless otherwise directed, donations support the local ministry and the Province.
    To donate through the mail: Capuchin Community Services PO Box 05830 Milwaukee, WI  53205-0830
  • The Chicago Help Initiative 
    With the holidays fast approaching, we look forward to a season of joy, festivities, and giving with our family and friends. Yet for Chicagoans who are facing homelessness and are in need, celebrating the holidays is often simply impossible.  
    At The Chicago Help Initiative, we've made it a tradition to provide our guests with a year-end gift so that they, too, can participate in the season of giving and receiving. Our year-end holiday gift is made possible by the generosity of our donors, and this year we need your help once again. 
    In December, we plan to give a $25 Target gift card to each of the individuals we serve. We selected Target for its wide range of affordable merchandise and food, and a gift card allows our guests to choose what they need. 
    We're pleased to announce that one of our generous donors has provided a matching grant of $2,500 toward the $5,000 we need to raise to purchase 200 gift cards. I am writing to you now in the hope that you can help us make the holidays a little brighter for the people we serve. May we count on your support with your contribution to the annual holiday gift? Whatever amount you can give, no matter its size, will make a big difference to our guests this holiday season.  
    You can make a contribution on our website. Or, send your contribution by check to The Chicago Help Initiative, 440 N. Wells St., Ste. 440, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 
    We wish you and all of our guests a happy holiday season!
    Jacqueline C Hayes





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