THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
– from a Prayer for Leadership, by Sister Joan Chittister,
Order of St. Benedict
Give us, Great God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom…
Give us leaders
who lead this nation to virtue
without seeking to impose
our kind of virtue on the virtues of others.
Give us a government
that provides for the advancement of this country
without taking resources from others
to achieve it…
We trust you, Great God,
to open our hearts to learn from those
to whom you speak in different tongues
and to respect the life and words
of those to whom you entrusted
the good of other parts of this globe.
We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.
We ask these things, Great God,
with minds open to your word
and hearts that trust in your eternal care.
Father Bill +