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Prayer of the Month

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21st Century Beatitudes

  • Blessed are the homeless and those who hope for spare change, for they will inherit the house of the Lord. Blessed are the mothers of color who lament their sons' deaths at the system's hands, for they will be comforted.

  • Blessed are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and pansexual individuals who reflect the very image of God, for they will inherit the earth.

  • Blessed are the undocumented workers, who labor hard, and fear of deportation is real every day, for they will produce many fruits to sustain the kingdom of Heaven.

  • Blessed are the marchers who put their lives on the line and place their faith in action by demanding mercy for all, for they, too, will receive mercy.

  • Blessed are the disenfranchised children of Flint, Michigan; the South Side of Chicago; the boroughs of New York; of Ukraine; Aleppo and Syria; Haiti; Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, all of Africa, and wherever else they may be; for they will see God.

  • Blessed are the peacemakers who follow the examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Jr., striving to make their dreams a reality, for they will be called children of God.

  • Blessed are our Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, First Nation siblings, and all other siblings of differing faiths, who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.