Prayer for Healing

Christ calls us to reach out to victims of abuse and their families in their time of need. The diocese is committed to helping victims of abuse, and we pray for them and their families. This is our way of letting those who have been abused know that they are surrounded by the prayers of their brothers and sisters in Christand that He is there among us too. This is another way Christ promised to be with us always. Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them.

A Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering,
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, heart, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your peoples wounds
And transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.

We ask this through the same Christ, our Lord.


Copyright 2004 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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