Yesterday was the third day of the Vatican #PBC2019 Meeting for the Protection of Minors, in praying for the Church. Read Thursday’s prayer for those who were abused here, and Friday’s prayer for the friends and family of those who were abused.

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 one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; reaching back through 2000 years, calling to mind the first disciples, our salvation history, and our Church given to Peter.
I cry out to You on behalf of Your Church.

As the leaders of our Church gather again today at the Vatican, our heart cries out in prayer for them: the Pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, and religious. I pray that the Church leaders gathered be both vulnerable and courageous as they listen, learn, pray, and discern what actions must be taken.

I pray in confidence that You have not and will not abandon our global, universal Church. May the wounds and hurts be healed and may the Church be strengthened in its work of the Gospel and its diligent protection of our children.  

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.

AMEN.

Listen to the full Day 3 audio reflection here.

Read about the Let Us Cry Together Series here.

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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