Tuesday, September 1
This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer
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Prayer for Healing
by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
God of compassion,
You let your rain fall on the just and unjust.
Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as you love,
even those among us who have caused the greatest pain by taking life.
For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance,
As we fill up death rows and kill the killers in the name of justice, in the name of peace.
Jesus, our brother, you suffered execution at the hands of the state,
But you did not let hatred overcome you.
Help us to reach out to victims of violence so that our enduring love may help them heal.
Holy Spirit of God, You strengthen us in the struggle for justice.
Help us to work tirelessly for the abolition of state -sanctioned death
and to renew our society in its very heart
so that violence will be no more.