We begin our Novena, 9 days of prayer for racial justice, by asking for the grace to be able to share in God’s vision for a world in which the dignity of all people is upheld, and for the strength to do the work to move closer to that vision.
Good and gracious God, who loved us into creation, thank you for the gift of life and community. Thank you for the gift of the ability to recognize injustice and for the desire to work for racial justice, so that all people may equally share in that gift of life. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Show me the parts of my heart, mind, and soul that You desire for me to transform or strengthen to better love Your people.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of discerning ways that we are called to change our hearts, minds, and souls in order to build a more just world.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us.
St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us.
St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us.
St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.
Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.
Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.
Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.
Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us.
Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us.
Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.