How do we pray today? What do we pray about?
We pray in and through the desires of our hearts and the work of our hands.
We pray in the words of our lips and the gestures of our bodies.
We pray by contemplating God's revelation in Scripture and in the experiences of each day.
We pray alone, in small groups, in large gatherings of worship.
We pray where we live and where we work, at congregational gatherings and with God's people whom we serve.
This month, we reflect on the call to peacemaking and dialogue, and the gift of saints in our midst.
Compassionate One, we look to you for the courage to reach beyond the things that divide us, and to embrace each other as members of the one family You
intended us to be.
Help us to be the bridge between rich and poor, women and men, races and religions,
all believers and non-believers, those with power and those without.
Blessed Peacemaker, help us as we struggle with all the ways we lack peace in our own hearts;
When we neglect, exclude, deny, the needs of others,
When we listen to the voices of materialism and selfishness,
When we lose sight of how others suffer from the absence of peace in their lives,
When we choose not to heed the call of peacemakers in our midst….
Loving Creator, Help us to spread your love everywhere.
Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our being so utterly,
That all who come in contact with us will be enriched by your loving presence in our lives.
And so, we pray. Amen.
- Mary Ellen McGovern, SC
The words of Margaret Wheatley, speaker, writer, and organizational consultant, inspire us to believe in the power of dialogue in turbulent times.
Invite everybody who cares to work on what's possible.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change our world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
– in Turning to One Another (2002)
In Elizabeth Ann Seton we have a saint for our times. In Elizabeth Ann Seton we have a woman of faith for a time of doubt and uncertainty. In Elizabeth Ann Seton we have a woman of love for a time of coldness and division. In Elizabeth Ann Seton we have a woman of hope for a time of crisis and discouragement.
– Cardinal Terence Cooke, writing of Mother Seton a few months before she was canonized, Sept. 14, 1975
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