Member's Prayer Submissions
A Prayer After the Parkland, Sutherland Springs, and Las Vegas Shootings
I come before you,
after another shooting.
I am sad, God.
So I ask you
to receive into your loving care the souls of those who were killed,
to care for those who were wounded or hurt in any way,
to console the family members and friends of those who died or were wounded,
to strengthen the hands of the rescue workers, medical professionals and caregivers
I pray too for the shooter, as I must as a Christian.
All this makes me inexpressibly sad, God.
But I know that the sadness I feel is your sadness.
It is the same sadness your son expressed
when he wept over the death of his friend Lazarus.
I am tired, God.
I’m tired of the unwillingness to see this as an important issue.
I’m tired of those in power who work to prevent any real change.
I’m tired of those who say that gun violence can’t be reduced.
All this makes me tired.
But I know that the tiredness I feel is your tiredness.
It’s the same tiredness that Jesus felt after his own struggles against injustice
that led him to fall asleep on the boat with his disciples.
I am angry, God.
I’m angry at the seeming powerlessness of our community to prevent this.
I’m angry at the selfish financial interests who block change.
I’m angry that these shootings happen at all.
But I know that this anger is your anger
It’s the same anger Jesus felt when he overturned the tables in the Temple,
angry that anyone would be taken advantage of in any way.
Help me see in these emotions your own desire for change.
Help me see in these feelings your moving me to act.
Help me see in these reactions your pushing me to do something.
Because I know this is the way you move people to action.
And I know that you desire action.
For Jesus did not stand by while people were being hurt.
He plunged into their lives.
So help me to answer these questions:
How can I help?
How can I fight against gun violence?
How can I urge my political leaders to enact change?
How can I help people understand that this is
an issue about life?
I am sad over the loss of life,
tired of excuses for the loss of life,
and angry that we are paralyzed by the loss of life.
So, turn my sadness into compassion.
Turn my tiredness into advocacy.
Turn my paralysis into the freedom to act.
to be compassionate,
and to act,
as your son did,
Father James Martin
The Prayer for Good Humor
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.
St. Thomas More
Prayed daily by Pope Francis
Prayer for Children
I pray for my children's vocations.
May they offer you their lives.
If it is your will that they marry,
I pray they would choose a person of Christian faith,
and that the strength of their marriage would come
from a mutual commitment to God.
If it is your will that they'd have a religious vocation,
I pray that they would say yes, offering you their very best.
Either way, I pray they would seek out what your plan is for their lives, and that you'd equip them to fulfill their unique calling.
Lisa Brenninkmeyer submitted by Alison
Prayer for Creation
A Prayer for our Earth
All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect li and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, and not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
Amen --- Pope Francis
When here is a need for compassion,
care through me.
When there is a need for comforting,
console through me.
When there is a need for a smile,
smile through me.
When there is a need for music,
sing through me.
When there is a need for understanding,
listen through me.
When a prayer is needed.
pray through me.
When a helping hand is needed,
reach through mine
-Shared by Alison
On Raising Children
Our Father in Heaven:
Thank you for entrusting us with these amazing should to love, cherish and nurture.
We pray for wisdom, strength, and compassion to raise our children as Your children,
Temper my words and fuel my actions to be abiding to your Will and Jesus' example
Allow these teachings to penetrate their hears and strengthen their spirit.
May they grow stronger in their Faith in You every day.
May the people they encounter know that they are Yours by word and deed.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Submitted by Cecyll L. from Quotes from St. Chrysostom on How to Raise Children