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Our World 2022: Stepping Forward: Prayers and Reflections

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THE POPE VIDEO (Pope Francis)

These short (2 minutes or less), monthly videos by Pope Francis cover many subjects dealing with the challenges of humanity.  

The above prayer is from January 2021 - At the Service of Human Fraternity.  The Holy Father calls for people of different religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to return to the essential: love of neighbor.  Additional prayers are listed below.

Coronavirus Prayer (America Magazine)

INSPIRING VIDEOS (Steve Hartman, CBS News)

From CBS News, Steve Hartman's inspiring reports on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  The above video is titled 

Four Year Old Superhero


Protect by Peter Cheng

Peter Cheng '21: "Protect"

Eve Fraser '21 :"How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys?" - Stephen King

Katie Heenan '21: "Over 40,000 vets were homeless last year."

Sophia Latham '21; "The immigrant mentality is to work hard, be brave, and never give up in you pursuit of achieving the American dream."

Chris Starring '21: "My picture is of a hat sitting on the sidewalk. this is a homeless ma's hat, and he is using it to possibly make money. The note he receives shows that not all people are generous to the homeless, and that they should be.

Sophie Nie '21:" I identify strongly with an emotional eating issue, and when it happens it feels like a fluffy monster crawling on my back and watching over me."

Kayla Eisele '21: "The Earth is what we all have 'in common' " - Wendell Berry

Leury De La Rosa, '21: "Destruction at its Finest"

Brooklyn Poirier '21, "There are 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally, with an estimated 1 in 7 reported endangered runaways likely the victims of sex trafficking."

Francesca Lanni '21: "Men and women who once served our country, now make up 12% of our homeless population."

Abbie M '21. "I will never understand why it is more shameful to be raped than to be a rapist," -Sara Erdmann

Abigail Evangelista '21: "Perfect?"

Emerging Hope Reflection and Prayer

2022 BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Opening Morning Prayer

5 Prayers for Justice in the Midst of Injustice

Mural by Brandon Vessels  Pensacola Graffiti Bridge

Prayers for Anxiety



"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.

POVERTY PRAYERS (from the Social Justice Resource Center)


What is your favorite way to pray?
Mass: 2 votes (20%)
With Scripture (like Lectio Divina): 1 votes (10%)
The Rosary: 1 votes (10%)
Formal Prayer (like the Our Father, Hail Mary, etc): 1 votes (10%)
Informal Prayer (like personal prayer): 3 votes (30%)
Meditative: 0 votes (0%)
Music (religious/Christian): 2 votes (20%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 10


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)


MISSIONARY PRAYER (Catholic Relief Services)

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 Respecting Life

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