Prayer Offered for February 17, 2023

Today we pray for all those caught up in the struggles of the world. May they have the strength to persevere through all the difficulties and injustices that life brings.

Frederick Douglass advises us:

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing up the ground;

They want rain without thunder and lightning;

They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.

(“West India Emancipation” by Frederick Douglass)

Gracious God, we pray for the grace never to abandon our struggles to uphold the dignity and rights of all our brothers and sisters. May all that we do be in solidarity with those who speak their truth and advocate for their own liberation from systemic injustice and prejudice. We ask this in Your name.—AMEN.

Sr. Michelle Gorman, RSM
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