A bit of a mess this week reminds me again how little we in America are doing when we have such tremendous power. Families, individuals, campus groups, parishes, friends, co-workers, couples … pray for Iraqi and Syrian Christians.
Here’s a prayer the Knights of Columbus have circulated:
Prayer for those Persecuted in Iraq
O God of all the Nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
who in your providence willed that your Church be united to the
suffering of your Son,
look with mercy on your servants in Iraq
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion for those who contradict your will that we live in harmony.
And in all things may we be united in truth and freedom to seek your will in our lives.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace,
Pray for us.
Or make it easier: Pray a Hail Mary every hour on the hour. Set your cell phone or however you want to go about making it routine.
Need to be fired up about this? Listen to Cardinal Wuerl.