|The Call of the Prophet Amos ~ James Smetham 1875|
At Mass today we are introduced to the Prophet Amos/ whose ancient message illuminates the present moment in which we live./ May we be more brave in embracing God's alternate way of life,/ strong of conscience and less silent before injustice./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for our country to turn continually in the direction of its founding principles:/ to be the nation of all colors and kinds,/ choosing to live by love,/ not hatred./ We pray to the Lord.
For those who are chronically sick,/ emotionally troubled,/ recovering from accidents and wounds./ For the inner healing of the war-traumatized./ For those in nursing homes and hospices./ For the strengthening of those who care for the sick./ We pray to the Lord.
May we not judge as naive our prayers for a peaceful world,/ but allow for the heart-possibilities of a world without war,/ and the industries that garner huge profits off the preparation for war./ We pray to the Lord.
For the world's children./ For the children orphaned by war,/ disease and disaster./ For the children separated from their families,/ and for grieving parents./ We pray to the Lord.
Grant safety to summer travelers and vacationers./ For those who get no summer rest or renewal./ For those whose summertime work benefits and blesses us,/ mindful of those who must work in the heat/ or whose pay is insufficient or un-just./ We pray to the Lord.