An essential means of dealing with crisis is prayer for healing, reconciliation and acts of reparation for the grave offense to God and the deep wound inflicted upon his holy people. Closely connected to prayer and acts of reparation is the call to holiness of life and the care of the bishop to ensure that he and his priests and deacons are acting in accordance with their priestly promises of chastity and obedience.
Catholics place all their hope in Jesus Christ.
Through our fervent prayers and the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and all the saints, victims will experience healing, children and vulnerable adults will be safe and the Church will be a light in the darkness.
- Please remember in your prayers all who have been wounded by crimes of abuse that they will know the healing grace of God.
- Please pray that all who minister to God’s people will live up to the standards of morality, decency and virtue that their faith demands.
- Please also pray for all of the priests and bishops who have justly served with compassion and kindness that they may be encouraged in their ministry with the support of the faithful to continue to do good for the glory of God.
- Please pray for an end to the crime of child sexual abuse in our Church and in our world.
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