God bless all the disenfranchised, poor and marginalized of America:
- the victims and survivors of gun violence,
- the casualties of the failed DACA and DAPA,
- students in underserved communities,
- educators—especially those teaching in public schools whose underrated skill and talent to create a strong bedrock for American society remains undermined by budget and policy constraints,
- those without health care and health care workers going beyond to bring health care to those who have none,
- single parents who struggle financially, socio-culturally and psycho-emotionally to establish a strong future for their children,
- community and social workers who try to fill in the gaps despite limited resources,
- law enforcers who fight to keep the integrity of their profession intact by implanting themselves in the struggles of their communities,
- African Americans whose struggle for human and civil rights continue in the face of relentless oppression and racism,
- for us submerged minorities who struggle to find our voice in the midst of the racial challenges we confront,
- to all women who find themselves manipulated and victimized by toxic masculinity, power and privilege,
- our Muslim sisters and brothers who have been dealing with an increase in hate crimes against their communities,
- our Jewish sisters and brothers confronting a new tide of anti-Semitism,
- the LGBT community still fighting for basic human rights and respect,
- church and pastoral ministers whose outreach to include the marginalized sectors in their communities have been met by virulent rhetoric and polemics,
- for the unborn and the critical circumstances of their parents,
- for those born facing harsh realities of anti-family laws—from wages, paid maternity leaves (not to mention paternity), health benefits to school-based nutrition,
- for the mentally-ill especially those without homes but have been promised homes,
for politicians and community leaders who stand alone in serving and advocating for the poor and marginalized sectors,
- lawyers tirelessly providing free legal aid to those who fall on the side of injustice,
- to under-served soldiers and veterans fighting PTSD and war-related complications,
- people with disabilities who continue to fight for fair opportunities despite limited support,
- the senior citizens who are one of the first to feel the effects of a throw-away culture,
the farmers who have struggled to stay afloat with correct and just practices in their industry,
- the victims and survivors of ecological injustices (such as Flint),
- to workers who cannot even get a 3-hour sleep in their highly priced rented room,
- the First People of America who still to this day suffer generational trauma from the genocide committed to their people over and above the pressing threats to their sacred lands…
- [for any intentions for peace and justice you’d like to pray]
Indeed may the Merciful One and Divine Power grant the marginalized citizens of America courage and hope to confront the challenges that lie ahead, and enough discomfort for us who have moved or not objected to bring our brethren to this point of suffering.
Br. Ramon Razon, OFM
Let Us Pray
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever. Amen.