Prayer Offered for March 4, 2024

Gracious and ever-loving God, we pray for the strength and courage to continue to ensure the fundamental rights and essential needs of our people in this time and place. With Your help we will work together to accomplish our deepest desires for liberty and justice for all. And in the words of Judy Chicago:

…then all that has been divided will merge.

And then compassion will be wedded to power.

And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind.

And then both men and women will be gentle.

And then both women and men will be strong.

And then no person will be subject to another’s will.

And then all will be rich and free and varied.

And then all will share equally in the Earth’s abundance.

And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old.

And then all will nourish the young.

And then all will live in harmony with each other and the Earth.

And then everywhere will be called Eden once again.

Merciful God, may we have the strength and courage to work towards those ends.—AMEN.

(“Merger Poem Poster” by Judy Chicago)

Sr. Michelle Gorman, RSM
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