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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

Give thanks for: Those who have taken in refugees and the exiled. Communities that have cared for one another. Church leaders who have spoken on behalf of the downtrodden. Those who try to tell the stories of the poor to those who are rich. Tortillas, burritos, enchiladas, cactus, corn and beans. Ancient temples and ancient civilizations.
Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

Día de Muertos, Mexico 2015: Commemoration for the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.

15 - 21 October 2017

Intercessions

Give thanks for:

  • Those who have taken in refugees and the exiled.
  • Communities that have cared for one another.
  • Church leaders who have spoken on behalf of the downtrodden.
  • Those who try to tell the stories of the poor to those who are rich.
  • Tortillas, burritos, enchiladas, cactus, corn and beans.
  • Ancient temples and ancient civilizations.

Pray for:

  • A peaceful settlement of the border dispute between Guatemala and Belize.
  • Comfort and healing for the families and loved ones of Guatemalans killed and disappeared, and due process of law and justice for their killers.
  • An end to human rights abuses by the military.
  • The repentance and conversion of those who benefit from corruption.
  • Justice, education and empowerment for the Maya and other indigenous peoples.
  • Those who are unemployed, and those who must work in sweatshops under difficult and often dangerous conditions.
  • Street children.
  • All those living in poverty.
  • Strength, wisdom and patience for the churches and church organizations.

Prayers

Statement of faith

We believe in God, the creator of oases and springs of water in the midst of deserts,
who provides resting places of blessing for all God’s creatures and in whose hands we are protected from all evil.

We believe in Jesus Christ, source of life, living water, who satisfies the thirst of those who thirst for peace, who gives strength to the weary and purpose to those who have lost their way in life.          

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the balm of consolation, companion on the way, who gives strength when we are about to faint and inspires us to continue on the way.

In consideration of what God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, has done this day and throughout our lives, we commit ourselves, as persons whom the grace of God has changed, to accompany others who are at moments of desert in their lives, in situations of pain and times of sadness.

(Red Crearte Workshop, Mexico 2014)


Seed of life

Lord, in this world
you have sown the seeds of life
in the hearts of our daughters and sons,
seeds which are growing slowly and quietly,
seeds whose fruit is the strengthening of hope.
But weed seeds have also been sown.
Their fruit is sadness, sorrow and death.
They try to suffocate all efforts to build a different world.
We draw closer to you in prayer
so we can perceive these situations
which discourage and confuse, causing dejection.
Equip us to uncover and denounce evil
without hurting the lives of those sowing love and justice.
Fortify the weak stalks
so that hope and patience flower in us,
to follow you without ever halting our sowing.

(© Betty Hernández Carrillo, Mexico. English transl. Terry MacArthur © WCC.)


Morning prayer for peace

God of life,
in the early light of this new day
I want to treasure the opportunity you give me
to wake up enveloped in your peace.
I know that today I will face many different situations.
The world, unfortunately, has not changed much
since last night, which you prepared for me to rest.
But knowing that your peace accompanies life encourages me.

Son of Peace,
today, make of me an announcer of your peace,
which breaks down hatred, egotism, abuse, lies, intolerance,
which ends the conflicts between peoples,
families and persons,
which reconciles all human beings with God,
with themselves, and with all who surround them,
making them new women and men.

Spirit of Unity,
gather in this humble prayer
the prayers from all your people in the world,
that your peace, your justice and your mercy enfold us
and enable us to live as one,
the new humanity of peace.

(© Betty Hernández Carrillo, Mexico. English transl. Terry MacArthur © WCC.)

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