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Prayer for Healing the Victims of Abuse
God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, 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.
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.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform our brokenness. Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace, so that we may act with justice and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer has to be the first response to all crises and this includes those in the Church. God has the power to heal. Jesus wants healing in his Body, the Church. We have responded with a Day of Prayer and Fasting on September 7. There will be other opportunities for prayer to address this crisis.
Ongoing opportunities for prayer include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday from 7:30 am until Benediction at 6:45 pm. And on First Fridays from 10 am until Benediction at 6:45 pm.