September: Prayer for All Affected by Clergy Abuse and for the Church

The St. Anthony Prayer Society would like to focus the Lord’s graces through dedicated moments of focused prayer.  

This month we divert from the monthly prayer themes to turn our attention to the healing of people who are affected by abuse within the Church. May our prayer focus on those directly hurt and all of those people in their lives who are also hurt as a result. Church leaders, including our own Bishop Sheridan, have responded to abuse reports expressing both sympathy to those affected, and intolerance for abuse. To read statements by Pope Francis, Bishop Sheridan, and the USCCB, click here. We also pray for the Church that it may be healed from the wrongs of abuse which ripple out and take an enormous toll on its ability to continue the good work that it does and is intended for.

We also pray for the Church that it may be healed from the wrongs of abuse which ripple out and take an enormous toll on its ability to continue the good work that it does and is intended for.
We are grateful for the men and women who have labored diligently on behalf of the Diocese of Colorado Springs to prevent abuse, and to enforce policy which brings any abuse to light and to be reported to law enforcement. We pray for the continued strength of that work and of the people committed to that work to include our Bishop, diocesan Child and Youth Protection staff, parish Child and Youth Protection teams, auditors, and many others. We acknowledge that combating this evil for them is not an occasional practice, but a constant and continuous job. We pray that with continued diligence on all our part to protect all people, especially children, from abuse, that the evil of abuse be prevented and rooted out.


“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it”, said Saint Paul. By an attitude of prayer and penance, we will become attuned as individuals and as a community to this exhortation, so that we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation. Mary chose to stand at the foot of her Son’s cross. She did so unhesitatingly, standing firmly by Jesus’ side. In this way, she reveals the way she lived her entire life. When we experience the desolation caused by these ecclesial wounds, we will do well, with Mary, “to insist more upon prayer”, seeking to grow all the more in love and fidelity to the Church (SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, Spiritual Exercises, 319). She, the first of the disciples, teaches all of us as disciples how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice. To look to Mary is to discover the model of a true follower of Christ.

– Pope Francis, Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God, 20.08.2018

Let Us Pray Together:

September Prayer:

Let Us Pray:

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.



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