Prayer for ImmigrantsAugust 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: immigration, Montclair, NJ, prayer, St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, The Grail in the USA, the undocumented, Trina Paulus
Trina Paulus, a Grail member, is active in a group called Parishioners for Peace and Justice at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Montclair, New Jersey. The group is circulating this “Prayer for Immigrants.” Its simplicity and its request that God share God’s compassion with those on the other side of the debate appeal to me. Perhaps if we all say this prayer–then write to our Congresspeople! –things will get better. (Apologies for the extra lines in verses two and three; for the life of me I can’t get rid of them. Maybe somebody half my age will stop by some day soon and show me how to fix this!)
We pray for those who leave their homes
in search of new beginnings and possibilities,
may they know your presence with them.
We pray that those who seek to make a home in this country
may find us welcoming
We pray that our legislators, as they craft new immigration legislation
to enact new policies that do justice for our country
and for those who would immigrate here.
We pray for those who fan the flames of fear
and discrimination against the undocumented,
that they may be touched with your divine compassion.
We pray in Jesus’ name.