Here, we share some prayerful reflections from recent meetings or events hosted by some of our individual parishes.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
This afternoon as we gather, we ask that you join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them. Hear our cries as we agonize over the harm done to our brothers and sisters particularly at the hands of our leadership. Breathe wisdom into our prayers, soothe restless hearts with hope, steady shaken spirits with faith: Show us the way to justice and wholeness, enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Heal your people’s wounds and transform our brokenness. Give us courage and wisdom, humility and grace, so that, with grace, we may act with justice and find peace in you. We ask you to continue to look favorably on your servant Pope Francis, whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd.
Grant, we pray, that by word and example he may continue to be of service to those over whom he presides, particularly the most vulnerable of our society, the poor, the undocumented, migrants, refugees, members of the LBGTQ Communities, and all those who have been pushed towards the peripheries by society, and perhaps by our church. . . . so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Fr Dan Kearney
Pastor, Church of the Ascension, New York
IPC Meeting, September 8, 2018
Listen to Fr. James Martin SJ speak about his recent book here.