PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
Pope Benedict prayed at Ground Zero during his 2008 apostolic journey:
O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.
We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.
Ground Zero, New York
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Statement from Catholic Bishops of Maryland
We Need Compassion in Addressing Needs of Vulnerable Immigrant Children
The familiar words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, “Whatever you did for one of these
least brothers of mine, you did for me,” speak compellingly to us today as we witness the
plight of the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children fleeing to our country to escape the violence and desperate poverty of their homelands. Here in Maryland the Catholic Church stands ready to answer Jesus’ call to embrace the needs of these children and their families as we offer our welcome and assistance. Read entire Statement from Maryland Bishops.
Day to Serve
September 11-28, 2014
Join Maryland Catholics in giving back to our communities!
The Maryland Catholic Conference, in conjunction with Maryland’s diocesan Catholic Charities and Catholic schools, encourages your parish, school, or organization to participate by taking an act of service out into your community or even by hosting an event. As Catholics, we are called to serve our elders in need, feed the hungry and preserve the environment that God created for us. Learn how you can participate!