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February 15


In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today is National Flag Day of Canada.  In our prayer we give thanks for our wonderful country of Canada. But even more importantly Canada's greatness, or not, demands justice and reconciliation to care for the people in this country and world. We are a people of peace and justice for all.

Pope Francis said:

So many people even today hope to have enough to eat. The planet has food for all, but the will to share with everyone seems to be lacking. To prepare the table for all, and to ask that there be one table for all. Doing whatever we can so that everyone has food, but also reminding the world's powerful that God will call them to be judged one day, and it will be demonstrated whether they have truly tried to provide food for Him in each person (cf. Mt 25:35) and whether they have acted in order that the environment would not be destroyed but would be able to produce this food. (Homily at the 2015 General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis)

There is wisdom in accepting that we are one global people called to care for one another.  We need to remember not all are as privileged as some of us are.

Let us pray:

Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;

Enable us to embrace each person as sister and brother.

Lord may your presence among us bring us to know that

We are accepted and loved into new life.

Lord teach us your loving lessons in our daily lives.

As we struggle, searching for hope and faith.

Teach us to care for all people not just for some;

To love them as we find them, or as they may become.

Let Your accepting love change us, so that we may be moved

to live lives of truth, seeking peace and healing

To practice your acceptance, until we know by heart

The table of forgiveness and laughter's healing art.

God for today's encounters with all who are in need,

Who hunger for acceptance, for justice and food,

We need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding and hugging;

Renew us with your Spirit, God and may we follow Jesus' acceptance of the goodness of other people in our schools today. So, Lord God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.