Youtube: "At the Service of Human Fraternity"
These short (2 minutes or less), monthly videos by Pope Francis cover many subjects dealing with the challenges of humanity.
Mural by Brandon Vessels Pensacola Graffiti Bridge
"Let us remember, we are in the holy presence of God . . . . "
Lord, we pray for all those in poverty. Please allow us to understand that there is more to poverty than finances. Please help us to put aside selfish desires, and instead, be compassionate and generous toward those in poverty. Let us remember that as Lasallians, we are called to help those in need.
O Prince of Peace,
Once more we hear the guns of war,
Once more we see the faces
Of frightened children.
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
That they may be granted peace;
We pray for the people of Russia,
That they may demand peace;
We pray for our country,
That we may be a positive part
Of peacemaking in this world.
O Prince of Peace,
Lead us from this dark time
To a deeper understanding
Of the global human family,
So all may break bread together
In the secure embrace of peace.
~Jane Deren, Ph.D.
God of Justice, open our eyes
to see you in the face of those in poverty.
Open our ears to hear you
in the cries of those exploited.
Open our mouths to defend you
in the public squares as well as in private deeds.
Remind us that what we do to the least ones, we do to you.
(From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April 1998)
Lord, Open Our Eyes to Your Light Light of the World.
As we journey through this Lenten season, we pray you open our eyes to see you clearly.
Too often we see the darkness around us: the child who goes hungry, the mother who grieves her loss, the family with no shelter, the one with no family to call their own.
In these moments it is easy to give in to despair. Remind us Lord of your presence, and transform us in your mercy.
As you revealed yourself to the disciples on the mountain, and to the blind man given sight, we pray you will open our eyes to your presence.
Give us faith to see you in the smile of a child, the warm embrace of a family member, the caring of one for another.
Lord, open our eyes so that we may see your light in others, always, and may be your light in times of darkness.
Missionary Prayer, Catholic Relief Services
Prayer for the Dignity of Human Life
Lord and giver of all life, help us to value each person, created in love by You. In Your mercy, guide and assist our efforts to promote dignity and value of all human life, born and unborn. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Source: Toronto Catholic District School Board Respect for Life Planning Team