|Syrian refugee father|
As we remember our own fathers and grandfathers today,/ we pray too for fathers who struggle against the terrible obstacles of war,/ poverty,/ unemployment and homelessness./ For fathers who are overwhelmed and need new strength and courage./ We pray to the Lord
We pray as well for the world's children who need every assistance:/ asking for each to be fed,/ clothed,/ educated,/ housed and valued./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for the nation after this week's terrible massacre in Florida./ For first-responders,/ police,/ rescuers and investigators./ For mourning family and friends/ and for anyone who feels sorrow and fear./ We pray boldly for the conversion of haters and killers./ We pray to the Lord.
Pope Francis has asked why guns and weapons move around the world so easily while food and aid are often obstructed./ Give us gifts of courage and honesty in answering his question./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for the Muslim world,/ the Jewish and Christian worlds./ And that we would be true to the best teachings of religion:/ growing in compassionate service,/ kindness,/ hospitality and love for people./ We pray to the Lord.
This weekend we observe the Summer Solstice:/ the longest day and the shortest night of the year./ We ask to be persons of light,/ overcoming the darkness of greed and selfishness./ We pray to the Lord.
And we pray for those who died in Orlando this week,/ and for deceased fathers and grandfathers./ And as the school year ends/ we remember and pray for the many who have taught us during our lifetime/ and who are now deceased./ We pray to the Lord.