This coming Sunday Pope Francis has called on the church to focus on the plight of those whose lives are blighted by poverty. To pray about, reflect and act upon poverty which manifests itself in many guises. Why not say this prayer in your parish:
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Reader 1: We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not worshipped you and
made your name holy, when we have been caught up in the desire to have more.
All: We pray that we may be open to hearing your voice and inspired to work for
All: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Reader 2: We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not promoted the full
dignity of men and women.
All: We pray in hope that discrimination and prejudice will give way to welcoming
all people to your banquet.
All: Give us this day our daily bread.
Reader 3: We ask forgiveness for the times we have not shared our resources with
All: We pray that we may be generous both with our possessions and our gifts and
live lives of solidarity.
All: And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Reader 4: We ask forgiveness for the times we have not been in right relationship
All: We pray that your spirit of reconciliation may be made real within us.
All: And lead us not into temptation.
Reader 5: We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not believed that our
actions could make a difference.
All: We pray that we may work towards the common good, knowing that you are
with us always.
All: But deliver us from evil.
Reader 6: We ask forgiveness for the times we have dismissed the sin of
All: We pray that we may have the courage and conviction to act now to prevent
further destruction to God’s beautiful planet.
All: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever.
Reader 7: We ask forgiveness for the times we have prevented others from
flourishing, from reaching their full potential.
All: We pray for a child-like spirit, open to the wonder of creation and the diversity
of peoples, since the glory of God is the whole of creation and the whole of
humanity, fully alive. Amen.
Adaptation by Susy Brouard