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A Prayer of Commitment in Response to Charlottesville

God our Father, you gave us life.

Christ Jesus our Savior, you gave your life that we might live.
Holy Spirit our consoler and purifier, you revivify our lives.

For the poor who need help today, not next week, we pray to you Holy Trinity that we might recognize, without delay, the poverty in our Sisters and our Brothers and be moved to Gospel holiness in your name and through your grace.

For those of us in a position to condemn hate, let us condemn hate, today.

For Christians in a position to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, the poor and the marginalized, let us stand together, today.

For all God’s children in a position to pray for peace, for the conversion of hearts, for the Spirit of God to descend upon us, let this be our prayer, today.

For all people of good will in a position to work for justice, today is the day to do it; let this be our work, every day.

O Lord, while we individually must contend with the Work of Mercy that compels us to bear patiently the troublesome, may we also heed the call to admonish sinners, knowing today that racism is a sin and silence is complicity.

Recognizing the poor need help today, not next week, aid us and sustain us, Lord, as we pray for the souls of the lives lost over racism, white supremacy, and all ideologies that diminish a person’s dignity and identity as beloved children of God. We pray also for your help as we examine our own consciences, speak out to condemn hatred, and recommit ourselves to having our hearts centered in your mercy. Mercy because that is predicated on divine love, and centered in You for whom alone we will move forward or stay back.

We call ourselves followers of Christ; May we live out the Gospel call to holiness.
We call ourselves followers of Christ; May we reclaim the Beatitudes.
We call ourselves followers of Christ; May we be reminded of our duty, may we be sustained, and may our hearts be purified so that we may change ourselves as an example for the world.

May Mary, the Mother of Mercy protect and intercede for us, and may God our Father, Christ Jesus our Savior, the Holy Spirit our consoler and purifier hear our prayer.

Amen.

Prayer written by Mark Piper, Mercy Associate