Where Two or Three Are Gathered in My Name
Our prayer focus for 2021 is on bringing unity through diversity to our country. Reflecting on racism within ourselves and our society, we seek respect for all people and healing for racial injustice, from the heart of St. Francis.
A Prayer for Our Nation
May we as a nation be guided by the Divine
to rediscover the sacred Name of our national heritage,
which so many have given their lives to safeguard;
Let the wounds of separation and division be healed
by opening our hearts to listen to the truth on all sides,
allowing us to and a higher truth that includes all;
May we learn to honor and enjoy our diversity
and differences as a people, even as we
more deeply touch our fundamental unity;
May we, as a people, undergo a transformation
that will draw forth individuals to lead our nation
who embody courage, compassion, and a higher vision;
May our leaders inspire us, and we so inspire
each other with our potential as individuals
and as a nation, that a new spirit of forgiveness,
caring, and honesty be born in our nation;
May we, as a united people, move with clear,
directed purpose to take our place within
the community of nations to help build
a better future for all humankind;
May we as a nation rededicate ourselves
to truly living as one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
And may God’s Will be done for the United States,
as we, the people, align with that Will.
— Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson in Prayers for Healing edited by Maggie Oman
Currently, the Sylvania Franciscan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Network (JPIC) continues to pray every day as a corporate witness of the Sylvania Franciscan desire to heal racial injustice – in ourselves, in our country, in our world. The Sisters invite you to join them in vigil on the corner of Convent Blvd. and Main St., from 12:15–12:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday.