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November 17


We begin our prayer in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today we remember St. Elizabeth of Hungary. In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and simplicity when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.

As seen in the life of Elizabeth, Christian life and justice are rooted in love. They are rooted in fairness, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. As Catholics Christians we are called to have an attitude that says, "Where there is injustice, I will work for change. I will do my best to avoid taking advantage of unjust situations." From our point of view, there is injustice whenever a barrier to love is created. And right now, many people feel unloved and pushed away.

Today we ask Jesus for his help and guidance in opening our eyes to see any injustices around us and to give us courage to work toward making the changes needed to correct them:

God of Love and Justice,

As we go about our day help us to focus on being

fair and compassionate to everyone we meet.

Guide us to reach out to those who are not having a good day

and may our interactions with them help to turn a difficult day around.

 We make this prayer in your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

We continue our litany by asking other saints for their intercession.

St. Charles Garnier… [Pray for Us]

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys … [Pray for Us]

Fr. Henri Nouwen … [Pray for Us]

We close in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.