This photo, one of many, was taken in South Florida on March 13, 2013.
Yesterday, I was going through my box filled with Holy Cards and prayers, and I came across this most beautiful prayer written by the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Denver. This prayer is so appropriate given the status of our world.
Father, hear our prayers for the salvation of the world. Grant mercy to all souls that turned away from you. Open their hearts and minds with your light.
Gather your children from the east and the west, from the north and the south. Have mercy, O God, on those who do not know you. Bring them out of darkness into your light. You are our saving God who leads us in our salvation. Protect us from evil.
Bless and praise you, O Lord. Hear our prayers and answer us. You, our Savior, are the hope of all the ends of the earth and the distant seas. May your way be known upon earth; among all nations your salvation.
We put the world in your hands. Fill us with your love and grant us peace through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.