Pope Francis exhorts us with these words: “My friends, we cannot turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion of any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” (Message to the U.S. June 3, 2020)
And so we pray:

God of Heaven and Earth, you created the one human family and endowed each person with great dignity.
Aid us, we pray, in overcoming the sin of racism.
Grant us your grace in eliminating this blight from our hearts, our communities, our social and civil institutions.
Fill our hearts with love for you and our neighbor so that we may work with you in healing our land from racial injustice.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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This prayer was designed by the Interim Commission for Consecrated Life of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.