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40 Days of Prayer for Healing

I, like many Catholics around the US and the world, have been shocked and horrified to learn details of abuse at the hands of clergy over the past seven decades in Pennsylvania. Stunned to silence was my first reaction. Numb. Then the reality of it all, the placing myself into the heads and hearts of the victims whose voice was silenced caused a visceral reaction. I found myself unable to eat as the stress of it all bubbled to the top. I was stirred to do something and decided to forgo our seven year anniversary giveaway on August 18, instead focusing on creating a prayer campaign on a wing and a prayer the day before it would start. I don’t have eloquent words that soothe the aching heart. I’m heartbroken for the victims. What I am going to do is share some poignant words by a bishop and former priest of one of my childhood parishes in Austin, Texas. Below, you will find his letter, followed by a prayer, then the list of petitions, graphics, and concluding prayers. Readers and fans alike have full permission to use and share the graphics and petitions on their social media. 


40 Days of Prayer for Healing


PRAYER

by Richard Cardinal Cushing

O Almighty Eternal God our Father, 

look upon the face of Your Son, 

and for love of Him Who is the Eternal High Priest,

have pity on Your priests.

Remember, O most compassionate God,

that they are but weak and frail human beings.

Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them,

so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy

of their sublime vocation. Amen.


THE PETITIONS

40 Days of Prayer for Healing – August 18 – September 26

Day 1: For all victims of abuse, especially those who have been hurt by the Church and her ministers.
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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #PrayForTheCatholicChurch #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 2: Lord, we give you great thanks that you have called many out of silence to name the hidden abuse.
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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 3: For victims who have been traumatized by sexual abuse – may God protect and free you from further abuse, and heal your wounds.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 4: For victims who have yet to come forward – that they will find that inner courage to reach out, call for help, and find a community of support where they can begin to heal.

This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 5: For those who have been sexually abused and who do not know how to find words to name their pain or a way into the future.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 6: For all who have been sexually assaulted, and for whom these scandals are opening up old wounds. May you find comfort in Jesus in the Eucharist – Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 7: For victims of abuse – that they know their suffering is not a punishment from God.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 8: For the laity – help us, too, to be instruments of your peace and to assist the victims of sexual abuse and their families and support them as they move toward a better future.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 9: Lord, we trust that your light will outshine any doubt, despair, or hurt experienced by these victims of sexual abuse. Bring them through these trials to the kindness and goodness they justly deserve.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 10: For a call to conversion, reparation, and purification from within the Church from all evils.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 11: We pray that the Spirit of Wisdom enlightens people to put an end to acts of violence and abuse.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 12: For our parish communities (especially those most deeply affected by these scandals and crimes) – that we become as compassionate and sensitive toward these victims as Jesus would be.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 13: We pray for people who have been abused whether physically, mentally, emotionally or sexually
that the Lord of all tenderness and compassion will restore them and give them peace.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 14: For our parish communities – that we might not judge these victims but offer them the support they need to be free from this abuse.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 15: For right and healthy relationships that can overcome abuse in all its forms.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 16: Let us pray for all in the Church, both laity and clergy, whose faith has been shaken by the abuse scandals.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 17: God of compassion and love we ask you to heal the families and friends of those who have been abused. May Mary, the mother of your son, protect and comfort them.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 18: Help us to hear their cries of pain and to take responsibility for so many broken lives.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 19: For healing professionals who minister to those who suffer from violence and abuse, that God would give them the necessary strength, wisdom, and compassion in their ministry, we pray to the Lord…

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 20: We pray that within their communities and families, victims may find understanding and support so that with the help of your grace their wounds may be healed, and they may again know peace.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 21: Let us pray for forgiveness for the crimes and sins of sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse perpetrated by clergy and servants of the Church against children and young people.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 22: For our priests be faithful to their vocation.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 23: God of compassion and love, we pray for healing and peace for all those who have been abused and whose suffering is ongoing.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 24: For priests who are weak; strengthen them, O Lord.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 25: For your faithful and fervent priests.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 26: “Suffer the little children to come unto me”, we pray that your Church may be a secure home where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 27: God of compassion and love help us to cherish, respect and protect the young and the vulnerable at all times.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 28: For your tempted priests.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 29: God of compassion and love we ask your forgiveness for the deaf ears, the blind eyes and the hard hearts of those in authority in your Church.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 30: May the hands of our priests know only how to bless.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 31: For priestly renewed commitment to rightly ordered sexuality through the virtue of chastity.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 32: For Your unfaithful and tepid priests.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 33: Let us pray for forgiveness for all those in authority in the Church who failed to respond as good shepherds to those abused by priests and religious.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 34: Let us pray that we may be a community that actively cares for and protects children and vulnerable members of our society.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 35: For the perpetrators of sexual abuse – that they would stop their abuse immediately, seek professional help, and call down God’s grace to overcome their sinful actions.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 36: God of compassion and love heal the hearts of all those in our Church who have been saddened and whose faith has been shaken by the abuse scandals.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 37: Let us pray for the survivors of abuse who have been psychologically harmed and spiritually damaged by people claiming to be followers of your Son.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 38: For the perpetrators of sexual abuse, may they know God’s love and seek help for conversion and healing.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 39: Lord, we are so sorry for what some of us did to Your children: treated them so cruelly, especially in their hour of need. We have left them with a lifelong suffering. This was not Your plan for them or us. Please help us to help them. Guide us, Lord. Amen.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//

Day 40: God our rock and our strength on whom we lean, help us to create an atmosphere of trust which allows the unspeakable to be said. Help us to live with our painful memories. May we support each other and be safe places for each other. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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This petition is part of the prayer campaign 40 Days of Prayer for Healing by Catholic Sistas, and in response to the decades-long abuse of over 1000 victims by over 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
#PrayForTheCatholicChurch #40DaysOfPrayerForHealing #Catholic //full permission given to repost//


LINKS TO PETITIONS AND GRAPHICS

I have saved the graphics and petitions to a dropbox folder. Please click here to download and use however you see fit.


THE GRAPHICS

 


CONCLUDING PRAYER

Dear God, we ask You to help all those who suffer from abuse. Help them find healing and peace in their life. May Maria Goretti who was strengthened by Your Grace join with us in prayer for healing of all victims of abuse, particularly those abused as children or young adults. Grant us Your Love that we might reach out to them in Your Name with hope in times of trial. As Maria prayed for her attacker, grant us the grace to pray for the true conversion of all involved with the abuse, that they might seek Your Mercy through prayer and penance. Loving God, pour into our hearts and lives Your healing Spirit, that the sacredness of every human person might be respected and protected as the precious image of God. Help us to live in the peace which Maria Goretti had found in Christ and in the love of his mother Mary.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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About Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to seven kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-1/17. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools and is currently transitioning out of homeschooling. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

  • Paola @ Swallow the World - I’m going to join this prayer campaign from Spain, because even if I live far away from the US, we’re all a family and, as St. Paul says, when one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it. Thanks for creating the campaign and offering a step of faith and hope we can all take in the midst of this time in which darkness and confusion are prevailing.August 21, 2018 – 9:10 amReplyCancel

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