Prayer Offered for March 7, 2024

“The women of today are the thoughts of our mothers and grandmothers, embodied and made alive…. Millions of women dead and gone are speaking through us today.”

(Matilda Joslyn Gage)

God of many names and many faces, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is to inspire inclusion. We pray that in this year, the world’s women will experience acknowledgement of and appreciation for our gifts of hospitality and inclusivity.

May all people of authority and goodwill be inspired to dismantle the barriers that keep women separated from each other.

May we challenge the stereotypes that exaggerate flaws and underrepresent the contributions of women in all areas of society.

May we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, political, and religious achievements of women in all eras, and especially in our current day.

Gracious God, help all of us work together to inspire inclusion so that the gifts of a more equitable and diverse society can benefit all people. We ask this in Your name.—AMEN.

Sr. Michelle Gorman, RSM
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