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|The Power of Prayer
for the Imprisoned
Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty.
We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances.
We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life.
Most gracious Father, bless with your special care all jails, penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
Look with pity on those who are housed there. Guide and protect those who have returned to the world. Grant all of them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in their good resolutions.
Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and desires.
Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and training them, that they might have a right judgment with respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the salvation of souls.
Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment, love and patience toward those under them, and in your own good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.
Prayers for Migrants, Immigrants, and Refugees
|Prayers for Those Affected by Hurricanes|
Good and gracious God,
We offer you our love in this time of weather chaos.
We ask you to embrace in a special way those less able to care for themselves.
We pray especially for those who can’t move or walk and need another for help.
Help us to remember the goodness of water and wind instead of destruction.
Send those who love their neighbor to those with special needs to assist them.
Let us love our neighbor by offering ourselves to them in mind and heart and body.
Be with all of us as we pray for each other and those who can’t.
We ask you to embrace all those who perished in the storms.
We bless all those who reach out to those cognitively unable to speak.
Continue to help us, Lord, in this time of stressful storms.
by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.
Lord, we pray for all those who died or were injured or suffered loss because of hurricane Irma.
Accompany them in their struggles and suffering.
Reassure them that life is not ended but changed and that you continue to draw them to yourself.
Keep faith, hope, and love alive in all our hearts, especially when we feel tested beyond our strength.
Hold in your loving and provident care all your sons and daughters who make their journey home to you now and forever.
by Father Louis Cameli