A Global Wave of Prayer, A Year-Long Campaign

The last time the Pope called for a day of prayer, we were on the verge of military action against Syria that would have lead God only knows where. Here’s another global prayer moment! And a year-long campaign!

Join in!

Lord God, from the abundance of your mercies
You stretch out your hand to defend the poor.
You satisfy the thirsty soul,
And the hungry you fill with good things.
You give your people their daily bread,
And feed your children with finest wheat.
Inspire us by the example of your generosity
to share our food with the hungry.
Embolden us with your justice
To proclaim your saving help to rulers and nations,
That our world may yield its fruits,
And our neighbors may have their fill.
Provide for your world, Lord, and open your hand,
So that, strengthened by your blessings,
All may abound in thanksgiving
And bless you with hearts that are full.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
By Billy Kangas

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  • boinkie

    “Inspire us by the example of your generosity
    to share our food with the hungry.
    Embolden us with your justice
    To proclaim your saving help to rulers and nations,

    As an ex missionary, I agree.

    But as a mom and a caretaker (and as a family doc) I have to object.
    Luther once said that a woman caring for her family is as valuable to God as a nun praying in a cloister (or in today’s world, being a “nun in the bus” lobbying for Obamacare). In other words, the Pope seems to be aiming his message at the elites, not the rest of us, including the poor and middle class whose to serve God is the mundane drudgery of daily work. (i.e. preaching Therese’s Little Way)?

    Do we help the poor better by giving alms, or by running a successful business so the poor have jobs? Does the church only give the poor handouts, or teach the poor the value of honesty and hard work as a way to both serve God and support their families?

    Evangelicals, not Catholics, are doing this, at least in the Philippines: Which is why much of the middle class is no longer Catholic.

  • Bill

    I hate this dichotomy. If we can, we provide them jobs. But we must provide them alms. St. Matthew 25 isn’t subsumed under a Protestant rendering of Romans, and St. James 14-26 counters that too. I personally don’t do enough here, to my own scandal and shame.

    The Church’s business isn’t to be an apologetics piece for the Protestant Work Ethic. It’s to feed her children, both spiritually and materially.


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