Good Afternoon,

Join us, on the second day of the Vatican #PBC2019 Meeting for the Protection of Minors, in praying for the family and friends of those who were abused. Read yesterday’s prayer for those who were abused here. Pray with today’s full guided audio reflection here or simply join us in the prayer below:

My God,
I pause to invite stillness and silence into my heart.
I make room in my heart today to hold the family and friends of those who have been abused by clergy.
I cry out to You on their behalf. 

As Church leaders gather again at the Vatican today, my heart cries out in angst for the reopening and deepening of the wounds of the family members and friends who have accompanied their loved ones through the sufferings caused by the abuse of a clergy member. 
I pray that the Church leaders gathered may also hold these families in their hearts as they listen, learn, pray, and discern what actions must be taken. 

I pray in confidence that You have not and will not abandon the family and friends of those who were abused. May the wounds and hurts of these families be healed and may they be made whole again.

  I cry out with Psalm 136 (1-4, 24-26):
  Praise the LORD, for he is good
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the God of gods; 
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the Lord of lords;
    for his love endures forever;
  Who alone has done great wonders;
   for his love endures forever;
  The Lord remembered us in our low estate,
    for his love endures forever;
  Freed us from our foes,
   for his love endures forever;
  And gives bread to all flesh,
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the God of heaven,
    for his love endures forever.

Listen to the full Day 2 audio reflection here
Read about the Let Us Cry Series here

In Peace and Prayer, 


About the Author Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Stephanie Clouatre Davis, OPA, is an Associate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace and thrives on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In her 20 years of ministry for the Catholic Church, she has directed hundreds of retreats and spoken at many large conferences for teens, young adults, and adults. Stephanie graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in Theology and spent more than 15 years teaching junior high, high school, and college level courses while seeking masters in both Pastoral Studies and Rhetoric from Loyola University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Stephanie has devoted her life to teaching and developing youth and adult retreats and programs. Stephanie is pursuing a certificate in Spiritual Direction and lives in Covington, Louisiana, with her loving husband, Michael, and her two teenage girls, Abby and Emma.

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