Called to Act for Justice
“Action of behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as constitutive dimensions of the preaching of the gospel, or, in other words, of the church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.” 1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World
As we begin to emerge from the solitude and isolation of the global pandemic, we are called to address areas of inequality and oppression that became even more starkly apparent. We continue to provide reflections that you can use in your local setting, either individually or with others.
Pray to End Violence Against Women
We pray, God of love, compassion and healing, for the Elimination of Violence against Women:
For women and girls who have experienced violent relationships, that they can find safety and healing from their trauma, and rebuild their lives;
For children who have witnessed violence in their homes against their mothers and sisters and other family members, that they will experience healing and hope;
For indigenous women and refugee women who have been impacted by extreme violence, that deep and lasting change will ensure their safety;
For individuals and organizations working to prevent violence against women and girls and help survivors of violence, that their courage and generosity will endure;
For men who speak out against forms of expression that demean women or condone violence against them, that their voices will grow stronger;
For the men and boys who have behaved violently towards women and girls that they will have a change of heart, repent in meaningful ways, and seek whatever help they need to lead changed lives.
God of love, we commend these prayers to you and for your compassion to flood the hearts of all people. Amen.
(Adapted from women.catholic.org.au)