Prayers For Mourners

Fairly often, I find useful bits on the USCCB website. Researching another project, I stumbled across this page.

On the heels of that horrific event in Las Vegas and the inevitable public hashing of the issues of freedom, guns, political ideology, and money, the prayers that are given there bring me back to a Christian focus:

Lord God,
you are attentive
to the voice of our pleading.
Let us find in your Son
comfort in our sadness,
certainty in our doubt,
and courage to live through this hour.
Make our faith strong
through Christ out Lord,
Amen.

Lord,
these women and men are gone now from this earthly dwelling,
and have left behind those who mourn their absence.
Grant that we may hold their memory dear,
never bitter for what we have lost
nor in regret for the past,
but always in hope of the eternal Kingdom
where you will bring us together again.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

If my facebook page is any indication, it is all too easy to get caught up in the discussion–which can be good. Or the talking points–which can be repetitive, irrelevant to the issue, or both. Perhaps most Christians can agree that prayer is a valid locus of unity for those of various political stances, and seems a good place to be. Especially when the questions overwhelm the answers.

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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