Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Al hamdu lillaahi rabbil ‘alameen
Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Maaliki yaumid Deen
Iyyaaka na’abudu wa iyyaaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siraatal mustaqeem
Siraatal ladheena an ‘amta’ alaihim
Ghairil maghduubi’ alaihim waladaaleen
In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
the path of those who have received your grace;
not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.
"Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us.
Surah Al-Baqarah [2:286]
Sr. Olga Sanchez
lead us beyond ourselves
to care and protect,
to nourish and shape,
to challenge and energize
both the life and the world
You have given us.
God of light and God of darkness,
God of conscience and God of courage
lead us through this time
of spiritual confusion and public uncertainty.
Lead us beyond fear, apathy and defensiveness
to new hope in You and to hearts full of faith.
Give us the conscience it takes
to comprehend what we’re facing,
to see what we’re looking at
and to say what we see
so that others, hearing us,
may also brave the pressure that comes
with being out of public step.
Give us the courage we need
to confront those things
that compromise our consciences
or threaten our integrity.
Give us, most of all,
the courage to follow those before us
who challenged wrong and changed it,
whatever the cost to themselves.
Prayer for Conscience and Courage by Joan Chittister
Sr. Robbie Pentecost
loving God, we thank You
and we praise You
for the power of your presence
deep in our hearts,
the vitality of Your presence
here in our midst,
for this opportunity
to come together
to affirm our identity
and to celebrate
our common hope.
We thank You
for the quality of achievement
that is represented here,
for the many and diverse efforts
that continue to contribute
toward the building of a better world.
Pour out Your Spirit upon us.
Confirm and strengthen our vision.
Be the Hope that sustains us
and strengthens us
in these changing, challenging times.
God of our foremothers, Our God forever,
Glory and praise!
Sr. Cecilia Espenilla
God of love and mercy
We bring before you women, men and children Who have lost their freedom
Whose dignity have been broken
Whose lives and future darkened
Give them back their dignity
Restore their broken bodies and spirit Provide them with the brightest future Let them live again in love and peace
Protect all those who work against human trafficking Strengthen the defenders of human dignity
Shine your light on those who educate the people Bless those who care for the victims and survivors
Make the homes a sacred place for children
Guide the parents and the elders
Fill them with wisdom and the spirit of love and compassion Embolden them to become protectors and defenders
Touch the hearts of the traffickers and their supporters Change their greed to compassion
Break their chain and network of abuse
Send exploiters to work for justice instead.
All this we ask in Jesus Christ,
in the unity with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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