03/10/13 Pastor’s Message

March 17th, 2013 by helen in Pastor Message Archive 2013

From Fr. Dennis’ Desk

Prayer for Social Justice

Today is Laetare Sunday, a moment of joy in the midst of an often somber Lenten journey.  The parable of the Prodigal Son invites us into the joy of the Father at the return of his wayward son.  Let us revel in that joy!

As I am on vacation this weekend, I offer a powerful prayer to help us orient our Lenten prayer and almsgiving:

Lord God, you are the source of all good things. You show mercy and bring justice to your afflicted people.

Help us to recognize your Son in the victim of disaster, famine, or conflict struggling  to survive, the displaced migrant or persecuted refugee unable  to return home, the newcomer to our land seeking legal help and  material support, the villager in need of resources to improve  living conditions, the citizen seeking a place of peace and  reconciliation in a war-torn country, the person suffering from HIV/AIDS and other  deadly diseases.

May we, to whom much has been given, respond with generosity and compassion to our suffering brothers and sisters worldwide.

Grant us the peace and courage to speak out against injustice everywhere.

Open our hearts and minds to work for an end to the root causes of global poverty.

Help us to build lasting peace in our relationships with our neighbors, both here and abroad.

We ask all these things through Christ our Lord, who hears the cry of the poor and oppressed. Amen.


Fr. Dennis J. Vincenzo

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