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MIA Prayer Intention: A Moment for Grace, A Prayer for Refugees

The following prayer was composed by Catholic Relief Services USA. Join people across the globe in praying this prayer on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2018.

God of our Wandering Ancestors,
Long have we known
That your heart is with the refugee:
That you were born into time
In a family of refugees
Fleeing violence in their homeland,
Who then gathered up their hungry child
And fled into alien country. 
Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages: “Will you let me in?”
Give us hearts that break open

When our brothers and sisters turn to us
           with that same cry.
Then surely all these things will follow:
      Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices.
      Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat.
     Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate.
And hands will reach out—
    working for peace in their homeland,
    working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven.                             

Lord, protect all refugees in their travels.
May they find a friend in me
And so make me worthy
Of the refuge I have found in you.


Download this prayer from Catholic Relief Services USA  here (PDF)

Download the World Refugee Day toolkit from USCCB here (10pps PDF)

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