Monday, May 31, 2021

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Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr
Lectionary: 354
Reading 1
Tb 2:9-14
On the night of Pentecost, after I had buried the dead,
I, Tobit, went into my courtyard 
to sleep next to the courtyard wall. 
My face was uncovered because of the heat. 
I did not know there were birds perched on the wall above me, 
till their warm droppings settled in my eyes, causing cataracts. 
I went to see some doctors for a cure
but the more they anointed my eyes with various salves, 
the worse the cataracts became, 
until I could see no more. 
For four years I was deprived of eyesight, and 
all my kinsmen were grieved at my condition. 
Ahiqar, however, took care of me for two years, 
until he left for Elymais.
At that time, my wife Anna worked for hire 
at weaving cloth, the kind of work women do. 
 
 When she sent back the goods to their owners, they would pay her. 
Late in winter on the seventh of Dystrus, 
she finished the cloth and sent it back to the owners. 
They paid her the full salary
and also gave her a young goat for the table. 
On entering my house the goat began to bleat. 
I called to my wife and said: “Where did this goat come from? 
Perhaps it was stolen! Give it back to its owners; 
we have no right to eat stolen food!”
She said to me, “It was given to me as a bonus over and above my wages.”
Yet I would not believe her, 
and told her to give it back to its owners.
I became very angry with her over this. 
So she retorted: “Where are your charitable deeds now?
Where are your virtuous acts? 
See! Your true character is finally showing itself!”
Responsorial Psalm
112:1-2, 7-8, 9
R. (see 7c) The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
An evil report he shall not fear;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
till he looks down upon his foes. 
R. The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Alleluia
See Eph 1:17-18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to his call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Mk 12:13-17
Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
They came and said to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
You do not regard a person’s status
but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
“Why are you testing me?
Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them,
“Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
They were utterly amazed at him.

Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint June 1 : St. Justin Martyr who Died in 165 and a Father of the Church

Born:100 at Nablus, Palestine
Died:165, Rome, Roman Empire
Among the Fathers of the second century his life is the best known, and from the most authentic documents. In both "Apologies" and in his "Dialogue" he gives many personal details, e.g. about his studies in philosophy and his conversion; they are not, however, an autobiography, but are partly idealized, and it is necessary to distinguish in them between poetry and truth; they furnish us however with several precious and reliable clues. For his martyrdom we have documents of undisputed authority. In the first line of his "Apology" he calls himself "Justin, the son of Priscos, son of Baccheios, of Flavia Neapolis, in Palestinian Syria".
Flavia Neapolis, his native town, founded by Vespasian (A.D. 72), was built on the site of a place called Mabortha, or Mamortha, quite near Sichem (Guérin, "Samarie", I, Paris, 1874, 390-423; Schürer, "History of the Jewish People", tr., I, Edinburgh, 1885). Its inhabitants were all, or for the most part, pagans. The names of the father and grandfather of Justin suggest a pagan origin, and he speaks of himself as uncircumcised (Dialogue, xxviii). The date of his birth is uncertain, but would seem to fall in the first years of the second century.
He received a good education in philosophy, an account of which he gives us at the beginning of his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon"; he placed himself first under a Stoic, but after some time found that he had learned nothing about God and that in fact his master had nothing to teach him on the subject. A Peripatetic whom he then found welcomed him at first but afterwards demanded a fee from him; this proved that he was not a philosopher.
A Pythagorean refused to teach him anything until he should have learned music, astronomy, and geometry. Finally a Platonist arrived on the scene and for some time delighted Justin. This account cannot be taken too literally; the facts seem to be arranged with a view to showing the weakness of the pagan philosophies and of contrasting them with the teachings of the Prophets and of Christ.
 The main facts, however, may be accepted; the works of Justin seem to show just such a philosophic development as is here described, Eclectic, but owing much to Stoicism and more to Platonism. He was still under the charm of the Platonistic philosophy when, as he walked one day along the seashore, he met a mysterious old man; the conclusion of their long discussion was that the soul could not arrive through human knowledge at the idea of God, but that it needed to be instructed by the Prophets who, inspired by the Holy Ghost, had known God and could make Him known ("Dialogue", iii, vii; cf. Zahm, "Dichtung and Wahrheit in Justins Dialog mit dem Jeden Trypho" in "Zeitschr. für Kirchengesch.", VIII, 1885-1886, 37-66).
The "Apologies" throw light on another phase of the conversion of Justin: "When I was a disciple of Plato", he writes, "hearing the accusations made against the Christians and seeing them intrepid in the face of death and of all that men fear, I said to myself that it was impossible that they should be living in evil and in the love of pleasure" (II Apol., xviii, 1). Both accounts exhibit the two aspects of Christianity that most strongly influenced St. Justin; in the "Apologies" he is moved by its moral beauty (I Apol., xiv), in the "Dialogue" by its truth. His conversion must have taken place at the latest towards A.D. 130, since St. Justin places during the war of Bar-Cocheba (132-135) the interview with the Jew Tryphon, related in his "Dialogue". This interview is evidently not described exactly as it took place, and yet the account cannot be wholly fictitious. Tryphon, according to Eusebius (Church History IV.18.6), was "the best known Jew of that time", which description the historian may have borrowed from the introduction to the "Dialogue", now lost. It is possible to identify in a general way this Tryphon with the Rabbi Tarphon often mentioned in the Talmud (Schürer, "Gesch. d. Jud. Volkes", 3rd ed., II, 377 seq., 555 seq., cf., however, Herford, "Christianity in Talmud and Midrash", London, 1903, 156). The place of the interview is not definitely told, but Ephesus is clearly enough indicated; the literary setting lacks neither probability nor life, the chance meetings under the porticoes, the groups of curious onlookers who stop a while and then disperse during the interviews, offer a vivid picture of such extemporary conferences.

St. Justin lived certainly some time at Ephesus; the Acts of his martyrdom tell us that he went to Rome twice and lived "near the baths of Timothy with a man named Martin". He taught school there, and in the aforesaid Acts of his martyrdom we read of several of his disciples who were condemned with him. In his second "Apology" (iii) Justin says: "I, too, expect to be persecuted and to be crucified by some of those whom I have named, or by Crescens, that friend of noise and of ostentation." Indeed Tatian relates (Address to the Greeks 19) that the Cynic philosopher Crescens did pursue him and Justin; he does not tell us the result and, moreover, it is not certain that the "Discourse" of Tatian was written after the death of Justin. Eusebius (Church History IV.16.7-8) says that it was the intrigues of Crescens which brought about the death of Justin; this is credible, but not certain; Eusebius has apparently no other reason for affirming it than the two passages cited above from Justin and Tatian. St. Justin was condemned to death by the prefect, Rusticus, towards A.D. 165, with six companions, Chariton, Charito, Evelpostos, Pæon, Hierax, and Liberianos. We still have the authentic account of their martyrdom ("Acta SS.", April, II, 104-19; Otto, "Corpus Apologetarum", III, Jena, 1879, 266-78; P.G., VI, 1565-72). The examination ends as follows:
"The Prefect Rusticus says: Approach and sacrifice, all of you, to the gods. Justin says: No one in his right mind gives up piety for impiety. The Prefect Rusticus says: If you do not obey, you will be tortured without mercy. Justin replies: That is our desire, to be tortured for Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and so to be saved, for that will give us salvation and firm confidence at the more terrible universal tribunal of Our Lord and Saviour. And all the martyrs said: Do as you wish; for we are Christians, and we do not sacrifice to idols. The Prefect Rusticus read the sentence: Those who do not wish to sacrifice to the gods and to obey the emperor will be scourged and beheaded according to the laws. The holy martyrs glorifying God betook themselves to the customary place, where they were beheaded and consummated their martyrdom confessing their Saviour."
Text from Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis Ends Prayer Marathon with Rosary saying "We continue to ask the Lord to protect the whole world from the pandemic..." FULL TEXT + Video



Holy Rosary for the conclusion of the month of May at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens on May 31st.

The Holy Father Francis presided over the recitation of the Holy Rosary in front of the image of the  Virgin Mary who unties the knots  at the end of the prayer marathon on the theme "Prayer to God incessantly went up from the whole Church" ( Acts  12 : 5) to invoke the end of the pandemic.

The initiative, born at the wish of the Pope, was promoted by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and involved thirty Marian shrines from all over the world who, in turn, led prayer every day of the month of May, traditionally the Marian month. of the Rosary for the whole Church.   

The prayer marathon was opened on May 1st by the Holy Fatherat the Madonna del Soccorso, in the Gregorian Chapel of the Vatican Basilica. 

FULL TEXT : THANKSGIVING FROM THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

AT THE END OF THE "PRAYER MARATHON"

Vatican Gardens
Monday, May 31, 2021

 

At the end of this marathon of prayer to ask for the end of the pandemic and the full resumption of pastoral and social life, I am pleased to thank in particular the Dicastery for the New Evangelization and the thirty Shrines that have alternated in the course of this month. animation of the prayer of the Rosary under the presidency of the individual Bishops.

I have seen so much participation among the people of God, that through the means of communication and the commitment of many Shrines around the world it has reached millions of people, who with a single voice raised their prayers to the Holy Mother of God.

It is thanks to the Diocese of Augsburg that the image of the Knotenlöserin  [“who unties knots”] comes, today venerated in this open-air sanctuary in a beautiful copy made by the painter Ana Maria Berti.

We continue to ask the Lord to protect the whole world from the pandemic and that everyone, without exception of any kind, be given the opportunity to take shelter through the vaccine soon.

Good evening, thank you and pray for me.

*************

The prayer of the Rosary began with the solemn procession in the Vatican Gardens of the icon of the  Virgin Mary untying the knots  led by the Bishop of Augsburg, HE Msgr.Bertram Johannes Meier, accompanied by the children who received the first Communion of the parish of Santa Maria of the Grotticella di Viterbo, the confirmed boys of the parish of San Domenico di Guzmán and a group of scouts from Rome, some families and some religious representing the entire people of God. The procession is animated by the choir of the diocese of Rome and from the Band of Arcinazzo Romano.

Some young people from Catholic Action will alternate in prayer, families made up of newlyweds or expecting a child and a family of deaf people where a religious vocation was born.
At the end of the celebration, the coronation ceremony of the image of the Madonna takes place. [ Edited from a Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office ]


#BreakingNews Violent Attack on Catholics during Procession of Martyrs in Paris, France - VIDEO



Nearly 300 faithful joined in procession through Paris on Saturday, May 29, 2021. They were commemorating the Catholic martyrs of the Commune in May 1871. The procession was violently attacked by a group of antifas, leaving one man hospitalized.

About a dozen Antifas intervened during the procession,  and the faithful were thrown to the ground. 
They tore up flags, and threw projectiles at the faithful. “They threw at us trash cans, bottles, even wire barriers,” says one of the demonstrators to Le Figaro.
Five parishes of the diocese of Paris, organized the march to commemorate the Catholic martyrs of the Paris Commune.

Among the gathered faithful, were elderly people, scouts, children in strollers, religious, many singing songs and praying during the march. The procession started from the Square de la Roquette, where the Archbishop of Paris Mgr Darboy was executed during the commune on May 24, 1871, and was to end at Notre-Dame des Otages, where 49 martyrs were shot during the 'insurrection.

Interior Minister Darmanin: “In Paris, Catholics were attacked by violent people on the edge of a procession. It must be possible to exercise freedom of religion in our country in peace. Let us think of the French Catholics ”- According to the “Parisien” report, a man had to get help from paramedics, he was hit on the head with a bottle, and photos show that he was bleeding profusely. 
 The Archdiocese of Paris has filed a complaint against the unknown persons. 

Two elderly people were thrown to the ground, one of them injured in the skull. 

During the clash, procession leaders and security guards were overwhelmed and taken aback.  Several police officers specializing in the repression of violent actions intervened, reducing the pressure.


But the clashes continued some time later. Near Notre-Dame de la Croix, nearly fifty demonstrators blocked the procession's road. The organizers then confined the faithful to the church, and the procession thus ended. Inside the church, Msgr Jachiet, auxiliary bishop of Paris, decided not to continue the procession to Notre-Dame des Otages. “We can continue to pray, even if it is not safe to go up to Our Lady of the Hostages..."


Edited from : https://www.famillechretienne.fr/36589/article/paris-une-procession-catholique-violemment-attaquee-par-des-antifas  

Bishops of Canada Express Sorrow and Prayers after Discovery of 215 Bodies of Native Children at a Former Residential School



Statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops following the recent discovery of 215 bodies of Native children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. The Kamloops Indian Residential School was in operation from 1890 to 1969, when the federal government took over administration from the Catholic Church to operate it as a residence for a day school, until closing in 1978. Investigations continue. 

FULL TEXT below:

First Nation On behalf of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), I express our deepest sorrow for the heartrending loss of the children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The news of the recent discovery is shocking. It rekindles trauma in numerous communities across this land. Honouring the dignity of the lost little ones demands that the truth be brought to light. This tragedy profoundly impacts Indigenous communities, with whom many people across this land and throughout the world now stand in solidarity. As we see ever more clearly the pain and suffering of the past, the Bishops of Canada pledge to continue walking side by side with Indigenous Peoples in the present, seeking greater healing and reconciliation for the future. We lift up prayers to the Lord for the children who have lost their lives and pledge our close accompaniment of Indigenous families and communities. 

May our Creator God bless all of us with consolation and hope. 

+ Richard Gagnon Archbishop of Winnipeg and 

President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

FULL TEXT Release: https://www.cccb.ca/announcement/cccb-statement-regarding-discovery-at-former-kamloops-indian-residential-school/

Pope Francis says "..when a sportsman, a sportswoman, knows how to “win defeat” in this way, with dignity, with humanity, with a big heart, this is a true honour.."


 

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

TO THE ITALIAN BASKETBALL FEDERATION

Clementine Hall - Monday, 31 May 2021

Brothers and sisters, good morning!

I welcome you with joy. I share with you the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Italian Basketball Federation. I thank President Giovanni Petrucci for his words of greeting, and I also thank his successor. In the memory of your history, the memory of a game played in 1955 in Saint Peter's Square in front of Pope Pius XII is still vivid; and also in the years that followed, the relationship between the Church and the world of sport has always been cultivated in the awareness that both, in different ways, serve the integral growth of the person and can offer a valuable contribution to our society.

I would like to emphasize two important aspects of sporting activity. I always repeat myself on this… Perhaps I should add a third, I’ll see.

The first is teamwork. There are some sports that are “individual”; however, sport always helps to bring people into contact with each other, to create relationships even between different people, often unknown to each other, who despite coming from different backgrounds come together and fight for a common goal. These are two important things: being united and having a goal. In this sense, sport is a medicine for the individualism of our societies, which often generates an isolated and sad self, making us incapable of “playing as a team” and cultivating a passion for a good ideal. Thus, through your commitment to sport, you remind us of the value of fraternity, which is also at the heart of the Gospel.  

A second aspect, a sportsmanlike attitude, is discipline. Many young people and adults who are passionate about sport and follow you, cheering you on, often cannot imagine how much work and training goes into a competition. And this requires a lot of discipline, not only physical, but also inner discipline: physical exercise, constancy, attention to an orderly life in terms of schedules and diet, rest alternating with training fatigue. This discipline is a school of training and education, especially for children and young people. It helps them to understand how important it is - and forgive me for quoting Saint Ignatius of Loyola - to learn to "put one's life in order". This discipline is not intended to make us rigid, but to make us responsible: for ourselves, for the things entrusted to us, for others, for life in general. It also helps the spiritual life, which cannot be left to the emotions alone, nor can it be lived in alternating phases, "just when I feel like it". The spiritual life also needs an inner discipline made up of fidelity, constancy and a daily commitment to prayer. Without constant inner training, faith runs the risk of fading away.

I would like to say one thing with basketball in mind. Yours is a sport that lifts you up to the heavens because, as a famous former player once said, it is a sport that looks upwards, towards the basket, and so it is a real challenge for all those who are used to living with their eyes always on the ground. I would also like this to be a noble task for you: to promote healthy play among children and young people, to help young people to look up, to never give up, to discover that though life is a journey made up of defeats and victories, the important thing is not to lose the desire to “play the game”. And to help them understand that when in life you don’t “shoot a hoop”, you haven't lost forever. You can always get back on the court, you can still team up with others, and you can take another shot.

And here I would like to underline the attitude in the face of defeat. They told me one of these days - I don’t know where - there was a winner and one who came second, who didn’t make it. And the one who came second kissed the medal. Usually, when we come second, we have a long face, we are sad, and I wouldn’t say we throw the medal away but we feel like doing it. And this person kissed the medal. This teaches us that even in defeat, there is victory. To take on defeats with maturity, because it helps you grow, it lets you understand that in life not everything is always sweet, not everything is about winning. At times we have this experience of defeat. And when a sportsman, a sportswoman, knows how to “win defeat” in this way, with dignity, with humanity, with a big heart, this is a true honour, a true human victory.

I thank you and bless you from the bottom of my heart. Please, I ask you to pray for me! Thank you.


Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office31 May 2021

Happy Memorial Day! Special Prayers for Soldiers and Veterans to SHARE with 5 Points about its History


1) Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  
2)Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. 
3)Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
4)In 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
5) On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month.
Edited from History.com
SPECIAL PRAYERS FROM BISHOPS FOR VETS AND SOLDIERS 
For Troops
All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his native land and departed from his people you kept him safe through all his journeys. Protect these soldiers. Be their constant companion and their strength in battle, their refuge in every adversity. Guide them, O Lord, that they may return home in safety.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.



  • Prayer of a Spouse for a Soldier
    God of power and might,
    at every moment and in every place
    you are near to those who call upon your name in faith.
    In marriage you have blessed us with a share in your divine love.
    Look upon my husband/wife and keep him/her in your safekeeping,
    no matter where the road may lead.
    And when the battle is ended,
    bring him/her safely home to those who love him.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • Prayer of a Son or Daughter for a Parent
    Loving God
    you watch over each and every one of your children
    Hear my prayer for my father/mother
    Be his/her constant companion.
    Protect him/her no matter where he/she goes,
    and bring him/her safely and quickly home to those who love him/her.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • Prayer of a Parent for a Soldier
    Father all-powerful and ever-loving God,
    from before we were born,
    your love has nurtured and sustained us.
    Hear my prayer for N., my son/daughter.
    Keep him/her safe in time of battle
    and faithful to you, day in and day out.
    Bring him/her safely home to those who love him/her.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • Prayer for Those who Await a Soldier's Return
    God of all goodness,
    Look with love on those who wait
    for the safe return of their loved ones
    who serve in the armed forces of their country.
    In faith and hope, we turn to you for comfort.
    Grant that we may trust in your mercy
    and send an angel to sustain us as we await their safe return.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • For Government Leaders
    God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
    through you authority is rightly administered,
    laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
    Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
    the President and other government leaders of these United States.
    May they always seek
    the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy.
    Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protection
    to lead our country with honesty and integrity.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • For the Safety of Soldiers
    Almighty and eternal God,
    those who take refuge in you will be glad
    and forever will shout for joy.
    Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties.
    Protect them with the shield of your strength
    and keep them safe from all evil and harm.
    May the power of your love enable them to return home
    in safety, that with all who love them,
    they may ever praise you for your loving care.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • For our Enemies
    Jesus, Prince of Peace,
    you have asked us to love our enemies
    and pray for those who persecute us.
    We pray for our enemies and those who oppose us.
    With the help of the Holy Spirit,
    may all people learn to work together
    for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.
    To you be glory and honor for ever and ever.
  • For Courage in the time of Battle
    O Prince of peace, we humbly ask your protection
    for all our men and women in military service.
    Give them unflinching courage to defend
    with honor, dignity and devotion,
    the rights of all who are imperiled
    by injustice and evil.
    Be their rock, their shield, and their stronghold
    and let them draw their strength from you.
    For you are God, for ever and ever.
  • In a Time of Waiting
    All powerful and ever-living God,
    Guard our churches, our homes, our schools,
    our hospitals, our factories, and all the places where we gather.
    Deliver us from harm and peril.
    Protect our land and its peoples from enemies within and without.
    Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice.
    Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere
    a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.
  • For Deceased Veterans
    O God,
    by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
    look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their
    lives in the service of their country.
    Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son
    they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom
    and rejoice in you with your saints forever.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.


  • A Soldier's Prayers

    1. For Families and friends Left At Home
      O God, Protector of all people and nations,
      protect my family and friends at home
      from the violence and evil of others.
      Keep them safe from the weapons of hate and destruction
      and guard them against the deeds of evildoers.
      Grant them your protection and care
      in tranquility and peace.
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.
    2. On the Eve of Battle
      God of power and mercy,
      maker and love of peace,
      to know you is to live,
      and to serve you is to reign.
      Through the intercession of St. Michael, the archangel,
      be our protection in battle against all evil.
      Help me [us] to overcome war and violence
      and to establish your law of love and justice.
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.
    3. For Hope in the Midst of Destruction
      God of mercy,
      you know the secrets of all human hearts,
      for you know who is just and you forgive the repentant sinner.
      Hear my prayer in the midst of destruction;
      give me patience and hope,
      so that under your protection and with you as my guide,
      I may one day be reunited with my family and friends
      in peace, tranquility, and love.
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.
    4. Prayer For Officers In Command
      God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
      Hear my prayer for these soldiers under my command.
      Grant that I may bring the spirit of Christ
      to all my efforts and orders
      as I exercise my authority over those entrusted to my care.
      Inform my judgment with your Holy Spirit
      so that I may make decisions
      in conformity with your law and for the common good.
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.
    5. For Fellow Combatants
      Lord God,
      Remember Christ your Son who is peace itself
      and who has washed away our hatred with His blood.
      Because you love all men and women,
      look with mercy on all who are engaged in battle.
      Banish the violence and evil within all combatants
      so that one day, we may all deserve to be
      called your sons and your daughters.
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.
    6. For the innocent victims of war
      Lord God,
      your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked,
      yet he prayed for his persecutors
      and overcame hatred with the blood of the Cross.
      Relive the sufferings of the innocent victims of war;
      grant them peace of mind, healing of body,
      and a renewed faith in your protection and care.
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.
    7. Prayer for refugees and victims of war
      Lord God,
      no one is a stranger to you
      and no one is ever far from your loving care.
      In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war,
      those separated from their loved ones,
      young people who are lost,
      and those who have left home or who have run away from home.
      Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be
      and help us always to show your kindness
      to strangers and to all in need
      Grant this through Christ our Lord.