Suggested Prayers for Meditation

25/08/2015 12:00 pm

Priest holds candle in Prayer

The second Sunday in September is celebrated in Britain and Ireland as Racial Justice Sunday. On Sunday 13 September 2015, we are called to pray for people in our communities who experience racial injustice and all those who work to bring about a more just society.

CARJ Prayer

Heavenly God, we praise your name and thank you
for your glorious goodness and mercy.
Lord Jesus, we pray a blessing for all those actively
engaged in the struggle for racial justice.
Holy Spirit, we beseech you to enter into the minds
and hearts of all those in authority in the Church.
Grant that they may
Hear the voices crying out for justice
Engage in developing a better understanding
Act to bring about change
Lead and inspire others by their good example.
We ask this through our Lord and Saviour Jesus
The love of God is greater than all evil.
We pray for racial justice:
- in our lives
- in our parishes
- in our dioceses
- in our land.

Betty Luckham

Justice Prayer

O God, we pray for all those in our world
who are suffering from injustice:
For those who are discriminated against
because of their race, color or religion;
For those imprisoned
for working for the relief of oppression;
For those who are hounded
for speaking the inconvenient truth;
For those tempted to violence
as a cry against overwhelming hardship;
For those deprived of reasonable health and education;
For those suffering from hunger and famine;
For those too weak to help themselves.

Mother Teresa

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven.

The Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Jesus Prayer

Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with
may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine.
It will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you.

Cardinal John Henry Newman

Prayer for Respect of Life

Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of
human life was the crowning of your creation.
You further ennobled that life when your Son
became one with us in his incarnation. Help us
to realize the sacredness of human life and to
respect it from the moment of conception until
the last moment at death. Give us courage to
speak with truth and love and with conviction
in defense of life. Help us to extend the gentle
hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who
do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant
pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful
for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others.
We ask this in Jesus' Name.