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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 A Blessed New Year!


Mary, Mother of God Pray For Us

Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in the U.S.A. & Canada
Wish you and your Loved Ones,
A New Year full of Hope, Peace, Good Health
And New Life.

Join us in Reconciling our Yesterday
Peace Today
And Loving Openness to Tomorrow

   New Year

Let us praise the Lord of days and seasons and years, saying:
Glory to God in the highest!
And peace to God’s people on earth!

Our lives are made of days and nights, of seasons and years,
for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets.
We mark ends and we make beginnings and, in all, we
praise God for the grace and mercy that fill our days.

Reader A reading for the book of Genesis 1:14-19

God said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” And so it happened: God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
May God bless us in mercy.

May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
May God bless us in mercy.

May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. May God bless us in mercy.

 Pause and  offer prayers of thanksgiving for the past year

 Pause and  offer prayers for the year to come

In Oneness with all of God’s People we pray the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!
May the Lord let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
May the Lord look upon you kindly and
give you peace!

  iPrayer adapted from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers USCCB

Feliz Año Nuevo
Happy New Year
Blessed New Year


Thursday, December 24, 2020

Cluny Sisters wish you and merry and blessed Christmas


As we enter into a most unusual Christmas
we pray for the gifts of
peace, hope and trust. 
In the memory of God who became man
we believe that this Christmas
will be filled with grace and many blessings.

With our thoughts and prayers,
the Cluny Sisters
of USA and Canada

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Advent Week IV

 Jesus Shall Be Born


He is Coming!  He is Coming!
The Promised One of God,
Our heart's desire, our longing, and yearning.

During this last week of Advent we cry out for the birth of Jesus! We know that with Jesus our life is very different.  With his birth we are saved, healed and made whole once again.

Today we too offer our own flesh for the gifting to the world of
Emmanuel, God with us. And with Mary we say YES with her prayer.

“I, the servant of God;
let it be with me according to your word.”
Reading (Lectio)
Luke 1:26-38

Read the following Scripture two or three times.

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, 

“Hail, full of grace!
The Lord is with you.”

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her,

“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
Her will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and his kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel, 

“How can this be since I have not relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply, 

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, 

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
may it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel departed from her. 

Meditation (Meditatio)

After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
  • What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
  • What in this passage comforted you?
  • What in this passage challenged you?

Prayer (Oratio)
Read the Scripture Passage one more time. Offer a prayer of praise, petition or thanksgiving that this Advent Word inspires in you.

Contemplation (Contemplatio)

Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:

What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?

Do not be afraid. 
What fears keep you from living according to God’s Will? 
How can your faith help you to overcome those fears?

You have found favor with God. 
When have you felt God’s favor in your life? 
How have you responded to this favor?

Therefore the child to be born will be called holy.
How do you acknowledge God’s holiness?
How do you live your Christ call to holiness?

Closing Prayer

The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim God’s faithfulness.
For God has said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father, my God, my Savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stand firm.”                       

 (From Psalm 89)

 Listen To Mary’s Hymn of Praise

Light the Candle of Love for the Fourth Week of Advent
The Promised Gift of God, Emmanuel, is coming!

 Yes, Lord Jesus, Come!
Be born in me,
Be born in us!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Guadete Sunday, Rejoice!


Rejoice  and  Be  Glad

He is coming!  He is coming! 
How will we know he is here?
The prophet Isaiah describes his coming as a time of justice.
Jesus “secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry,
sets captives free, gives sight to the blind; raises us those bowed down”.
Jesus “loves the just, protects strangers, sustains the fatherless and the widow, and thwarts the way of the wicked."
This kingdom of God is forever through every generation.

We rejoice that in the parched land of our world today,
those who thirst will be quenched through the Incarnation of God’s Loving Presence and glad tidings will once again be shared with the poor!

Reading (Lectio)
John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Read the following Scripture two or three times. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said,

‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord” ’,
as the prophet Isaiah said.

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Meditation (Meditatio)

After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
• What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
• What in this passage comforted you?
• What in this passage challenged you? 

Prayer (Oratio)

Reading the Scripture Passage one more time.  Offer a prayer of praise, petition or thanksgiving that this Advent Word inspires in you.

Contemplation (Contemplatio)

Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:

What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me? 

He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
How do I share my faith with the people around me?
What things keep me from sharing my faith?

I am “the voice of one crying out in the desert.”
When have my efforts to share my faith felt futile?
How does God support me when I am discouraged?

There is one among you whom you do not recognize.
When have I encountered Jesus in disguise?
When have I failed to recognize Jesus in my life?

Closing Prayer

With Mary this week, we pray:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:

The Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

Listen To the Advent Hymn
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Light the third candle of your Advent Wreathe and sing out! 

Rejoice, Rejoice, O Israel,
To you shall come, Emmanuel

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Advent Week II – Cry Out!

 Cry Out In The Wilderness

A Voice in the Wilderness

John the Baptist, the Herald of Jesus’ Coming appears this week as “A voice of one crying out in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” During this Second Week of Advent we ask ourselves: What are our desert places, the place of solitude where God speaks to our heart? What is the pathway, the ‘going away from and going towards’ we are being called to?  Advent is a time of pregnant new life waiting to be born in and through us.  The rough places in our lives need to be soften so that Jesus takes on flesh in us and in our world.

Reading (Lectio)

Read the following Scripture two or three times. Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 

Meditation (Meditatio)

After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
• What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
• What in this passage comforted you?
• What in this passage challenged you? 

Contemplation (Contemplatio)

Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me? 

Prepare the way of the Lord.
How am I preparing my heart for the coming of Christ at Christmas? 
How can I help bring the Lord to the people that I meet? 
Make straight his paths. What things block my path for following Christ? 
How have I been an obstacle in others’ paths? 

[People] were being baptized by him in the Jordan River 
as they acknowledged their sins.
What sins go unacknowledged in my life? 
How can I avoid the sins that take me away from God? 

Closing Prayer

I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD—for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and prepare the way of his steps. (From Psalm 85)

Listen To the Advent Hymn
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Light the second candle of your Advent Wreathe and ‘cry out’
in prayer to our God… Send us the Promised One… 
Prince of Peace and Son of Justice and Truth

Thursday, December 3, 2020


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Human Trafficking In Supply Chains

Forced labor and trafficking are rooted in the social and economic vulnerability of individuals, workers and their families. The use of forced labor can occur at any level of a company's supply chain but is more common at lower levels such as resource extraction or basic manufacturing. Many businesses, including major global brands, may unknowingly be involved in human trafficking and forced-labor practices, which is primarily driven by competitive global economic markets and the demand for cheap labor.

                                                                        Child Labor

The complexity of supply chains and the lack of transparency make it hard to know who made our products and under what conditions. With an estimated 152 million children in child labor around the world, chances are that at least one thing you own or consume was made by the hands of a child.

Seven in 10 child laborers around the word work in agriculture, which includes fishing, forestry, livestock herding and aquaculture, and farming. An estimated 2 million children work on cocoa farms in Côte d'lvoire and Ghana,which produce nearly 70 percent of the world's cocoa. Child tobacco workers often labor in extreme heat, are exposed to dangerous pesticides, and risk the nicotine poisoning from handling tobacco plants.


People in developing countries living in poverty are drawn to work in sweatshops as they pay more than their alternative, subsistence agriculture which pays far less than $1 a day. Higher wages draw workers from rural areas to urban slums in search of factory work. However, most workers in these factories are paid less than a living wage in their respective countries.

In the United States, sweatshops still exist in predominately major metropolitan areas such as New York and Los Angeles. These major cities have easy access to a large group of undocumented immigrants who may take any kind of work to make money for their families. The wages these workers make in any country account for as little as 0.5% of the retail cost of a garment - just $1.00 of the price of your $20 shirt.

Choosing Fair Trade to End Human Trafficking

Based on the idea that products bought and sold every day are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is one way to impact the lives of people who otherwise would be vulnerable to human trafficking. Poverty and joblessness contribute to making people vulnerable to human trafficking. Fair trade workers are paid a living wage that serves to empower workers and enables children to attend school rather than work to help support the family. Fair Trade standards prohibit forced and child labor. Children helping on family farms have tasks and work schedules that protect their mental and physical health and development.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Advent Week I - Light a Candle of Hope

All The Earth In Silence Waits!

O come, Desire of nations,
Bind in one the hearts of humankind;
Bid ev’ry sad division cease
And be Yourself our Prince of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! 
Emmanuel shall come to you,
O Israel.

Ignite  The  Light  of  Hope
Prepare  The  Way
Advent is a time to prepare the way for the Birth of Christ and the Light of Christ to permeate the nations of the world, our neighborhoods, places of work, families and personal lives.  Darkness has increased in the world and in our lives at this time of the year.  During each week of Advent we light candles until the fullness of light appears at Christmas and is Manifested to all nations during the celebration of Epiphany.

How will we Prepare and Celebrate?   Opportunities abound all around us.  

Here are a few ideas:
Read the Word of God especially the Gospel Passages of the Birth of Christ.
Foster relationships with time for each other.
Add more light, joy and love to your homes, families, and friends.
Practice patience and waiting.
Find ways to be a joyful giver.
Welcome the strangers you meet each day.
Set up your Advent Wreathe, Lights in your windows and a Christmas Tree with an intentional prayer to add the light of Christ to our world. 
Recite many times a day the mantra, Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

Come,  Lord  Jesus,  Come 
Fill Us and Our World with Hope


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Greetings

 Thanksgiving  Greetings

Wishing you and your loved ones a Blessed and Joyous Thanksgiving!  We are particularly grateful to the many ways you have creatively stayed in touch with your ‘Cluny Family’ throughout this challenging and difficult 2020 Year of the Global Pandemic.

We join you in giving our Creator God thanks and praise
We have been kept safe and free from all harm and disease.

We are grateful for Sister Joan who has been with us these last few years and has now received an obedience to our Mother House Community in Paris.  She has been named our Congregation’s General Secretary.

We are grateful for our Mary Star of the Sea Community in San Pedro, CA who during this year moved from the Parish Convent to the Little Sisters of the Poor in San Pedro, CA.  In our hour of need, Little Sisters of the Poor,  welcomed us.  Sister Loretto is in the Assisted Living at the Jeanne Jugan Residence and Sisters Ena, Mary and Mary Patrice are in the Retreat House on the same grounds.  
Their new address is:

Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny
Retreat Center
2100 S. Western Avenue
San Pedro, CA  90732-4331

Sister Genevieve has been named our new Provincial and began her mandate on November 11th.  She will be leaving California to take up residence at the Provincial House in Middletown, RI on December 12, 2020. We are grateful for her generous ‘Yes’ to this call to serve as Provincial.

We are grateful to Sister Luke for her 8 years serving as Provincial.  She is staying at the Provincial House until the end of the year to assist with the Leadership Transition and has been assigned to our St. Teresa of Avila Community in Norwich, CT.  She will arrive there in early January 2021.

We are grateful to our Affiliates, Associates and Donors for the generous support of our Province Communities and our Ministries throughout this very difficult year.

The Lord bless you and keep you; 
the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you 
and give you peace. 

- Numbers 6:24-26

Sunday, November 22, 2020

We Pray for the Nation

 God  Bless  Our Nation

Faith Leaders Unite
A Call to Prayer for the President-Elect,
and Vice President-Elect,
and for Unity in the Nation

At the end of a long and divisive election cycle, taking place amid a devastating pandemic, we join together as people of faith from across the political, religious and ideological spectrum to express our desire for our country to come together in a spirit of peace and unity. It is time to move beyond a season of partisanship and now focus on our shared future as a nation.

We pray for President-Elect Joe Biden, current President Donald Trump, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and current Vice President Mike Pence; for cooperation during the transition period; and for a peaceful transfer of power. We pray that our leaders will listen and speak to all Americans, including those who feel that they have been left out or unheard. We pray that they will help Americans come together, heal and serve the common good.

We pray for our elected officials in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and at all levels of government, that they will be committed to our governing institutions and lead in a way that truly reflects the aspirations of those they serve. We are thankful for election officials and their staffs, who have worked around the clock to count our ballots and determine the results of each electoral contest.

We pray for the American people: that they respect the results of our free and fair election and join us in wishing for the success of all our elected and appointed leaders, including President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, no matter whom they voted for. We pray for continued peaceful assembly as Americans express their voices in the public square.

We pray for a peaceful transition of power, an essential element of what President George H.W. Bush called “the majesty of the democratic system.” May the Trump Administration and Biden Transition Team successfully collaborate to ensure the continuity of essential government functions that best serves the American people at this crucial moment.

Throughout our history, we have risen together to meet daunting challenges. Since the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, we have made substantial progress toward a future that realizes the promise that all human beings are created equal. Since the drafting of the Constitution, we have taken up the continuous cause of building a “more perfect union.”

In this time of division and partisan conflict, we turn to the memorable words of President Abraham Lincoln in his second Inaugural Address:

“With malice toward none; with charity for all;
with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right,
let us strive on to finish the work we are in; 
to bind up the nation’s wounds … to do all which may
achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among
ourselves, and with all nations.”

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Universal Children’s Day, November 20th

    Prayer  For  Children
Universal Children’s Day
November 20th

We pray for the children at play,

Playing in a spacious schoolyard in Connecticut,

Playing in a park littered with debris in Baltimore,

Playing in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon,

Playing in a forest in the Congo,

Playing in a dump in El Salvador,

Playing as children will play.


We pray for the children who cannot play,

Children at work making bricks in India,

Children picking onions in Texas,

Children weak from hunger in the Sudan,

Children injured in bombings in Barcelona,

Children on the move, fleeing from Myanmar,

Children sick from unclean water in Uganda,

Children who suffer abuse and violence anywhere.


We pray for children at play

And we pray for children who cannot play,

We pray for children at school and 

For children who cannot attend school,

We pray for children who are healthy,

And for children who are ill and injured,

Abused and forgotten.


        All children are beloved by God

        And all children created in God’s image.

        May we recognize this and

        Care for them as our own. AMEN.

   - Jane Deren, PhD

Monday, November 16, 2020

Pray With & For The Poor

Stretch Out Your Hands

‘Let us love one another, as God loves us’

‘Stretch forth your hand to the poor’ 
(Book of Sirach 7:32)

On Sunday, November 15th, Pope Francis celebrated the 4th World Day of Prayer for the Poor.  His Message was, ‘Stretch Forth Your Hand to the Poor’. We read in his message:

Prayer to God and solidarity with the poor and suffering are inseparable. In order to perform an act of worship acceptable to the Lord, we have to recognize that each person, even the poorest and most contemptible, is made in the image of God. From this awareness comes the gift of God’s blessing, drawn by the generosity we show to the poor. Time devoted to prayer can never become an alibi for neglecting our neighbor in need. In fact, the very opposite is true: the Lord’s blessing descends upon us and prayer attains its goal when accompanied by service to the poor.

Encountering the poor and those in need constantly challenges us and forces us to think. How can we help to eliminate or at least alleviate their marginalization and suffering? How can we help them in their spiritual need? The Christian community is called to be involved in this kind of sharing and to recognize that it cannot be delegated to others. In order to help the poor, we ourselves need to live the experience of evangelical poverty. We cannot feel “alright” when any member of the human family is left behind and in the shadows. The silent cry of so many poor men, women and children should find the people of God at the forefront, always and everywhere, in efforts to give them a voice, to protect and support them in the face of hypocrisy and so many unfulfilled promises, and to invite them to share in the life of the community.

This pandemic arrived suddenly and caught us unprepared, sparking a powerful sense of bewilderment and helplessness. Yet hands never stopped reaching out to the poor. This has made us all the more aware of the presence of the poor in our midst and their need for help. Structures of charity, works of mercy, cannot be improvised. Constant organization and training is needed, based on the realization of our own need for an outstretched hand.

The ability to stretch forth our hand shows that we possess an innate capacity to act in ways that give meaning to life. How many outstretched hands do we see every day! A hand held out is a sign; a sign that immediately speaks of closeness, solidarity and love. 

In these months, when the whole world was prey to a virus that brought pain and death, despair and bewilderment, how many outstretched hands have we seen! The outstretched hands of physicians who cared about each patient and tried to find the right cure. The outstretched hands of nurses who worked overtime, for hours on end, to look after the sick. The outstretched hands of administrators who procured the means to save as many lives as possible. 

The outstretched hands of pharmacists who at personal risk responded to people’s pressing needs. The outstretched hands of priests whose hearts broke as they offered a blessing. The outstretched hands of volunteers who helped people living on the streets and those with a home yet nothing to eat. The outstretched hands of men and women who worked to provide essential services and security. We could continue to speak of so many other outstretched hands, all of which make up a great litany of good works. Those hands defied contagion and fear in order to offer support and consolation.

"In everything you do, remember your end” (Sir 7:36). These are the final words of this chapter of the book of Sirach. They can be understood in two ways. First, our lives will sooner or later come to an end. Remembering our common destiny can help lead to a life of concern for those poorer than ourselves or lacking the opportunities that were ours. But second, there is also an end or goal towards which each of us is tending. And this means that our lives are a project and a process. The “end” of all our actions can only be love.

Read Pope Francis’ Complete Message here:

World Day of the Poor: solidarity and closeness to those in need

Let Us Pray
Litany on the Millennium Development Goals

Leader: Let us pray for those who are poor, hungry, and neglected all over the world, that their cries for daily bread may inspire works of compassion and mercy among those to whom much has                            been given. 
Loving God, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: Let us pray for schools and centers of learning throughout the world, for those who lack access to basic education, and for the light of knowledge to blossom and shine in the lives of all God’s people. 
Loving God, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: Let us pray for an end to the divisions and inequalities that scar God’s creation, particularly the barriers to freedom faced by God’s children throughout the world because of gender; that all                    who have been formed in God’s image might have equality in pursuit of the blessings of creation. 
Loving God, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: Let us pray for the health of women, children and families around the world, especially for an end to maternal and child mortality, that in building healthy families, all God’s people may be empowered to strengthen their communities and repair the breaches which divide nations and peoples. 
Loving God, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: Let us pray for an end to pandemic disease throughout the world, particularly the scourges of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; that plagues of death may no longer fuel poverty, destabilize nations, and inhibit reconciliation and restoration throughout the world. 
Loving God, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: Let us pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God’s creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people, and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has                            given us. 
Loving God, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: Let us pray for all nations and people who already enjoy the abundance of creation and the blessings of prosperity, that their hearts may be lifted up to the needs of the poor and afflicted, and partnerships between rich and poor for the reconciliation of the world may flourish and grow. 
Lord, in your mercy, All: Hear our prayer. 

Leader: God of the impossible, we pray for justice, peace and reconciliation. And when the challenges seem too many, remind us of your resurrection power and the miracles of your love that happen whenever injustice is dismantled and rebuilt with peace. Help us to hope that the impossible can happen and live as if it might do so today. 
All: Amen