Prayer for Women

Reading:   Women are often on the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. We know that climate change affects the poor. Seventy percent of people living below the poverty line are women. More women than men die in weather-related natural disasters. Women typically collect water and fuel, grow and prepare food and care for their families. When natural disaster impacts their communities, women must still provide for the basic needs of their families, often with their own sacrifice, and many without the education, resources, and opportunities available to men. In the wake of such disasters, women find themselves at increased risk for physical abuse and sexual violence. Additionally, women are less able to migrate to look for shelter or work when disaster hits, so they are frequently left to fend for themselves.

“ Women will play a critical role in the transition to a cleaner, sustainable environment…Women play an essential role in managing Untitlednatural resources, and are often much more in touch with their natural surroundings. It is their voices that will ring the loudest in support of policies that encourage the creation of a safe environment for their children.”

– Dr. Rajendra Pachauri

Generation to Generation
A Psalm of Bringing Birth

Leader: Women, what will we bring to birth in the world of the new creation?

All: Wisdom and justice, peace and compassion,concern for all
God’s little ones, for the homeless and destitute, the hungry, and all
who bear the brunt of indifference and oppression.

Leader: Women, what will we bring to birth on the Earth of the new creation?

Untitled      All:  A deep respect for our
planet, its windsong and
waters, its topsoil and its
forests, and a oneness with the
wilderness, that is the image of
our soul.

Leader: Women, what will we bring to birth in the church of the new creation?

All:  A total disdain for power
that diminishes or destroys,
divestment of wealth and
a sharing of human resources
based on mutuality and the sudden surprise of grace.

Leader: Women, what will we bring to birth in the hearts of the new creation?

All:  An unbreakable bond in the Spirit that binds as one all
brothers and sisters, 
transcending class, color, culture, religion
      race and gender, that treats no personal preference, no physical or
spiritual difference 
as aberration or handicap.

Leader: One has been born among us who heralds such liberation. Human liberation, women’s liberation, has taken flesh among us and in Spirit dwells with us.

All:  Holy the woman who helped this happen. Blessed are we when
we give birth to the Word made flesh in us.

– Miriam Therese Winter in Woman Word


About opreach

I am Sister Pat Farrell, OP, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael. We are known as the Order of Preachers, and the Dominican charism of Preaching is very real in my life. The words of St. Paul resonate within me: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) The quote on the header of OPreach is from the Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena. "Preach as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world." I live at St. Luke Convent - a House of Hospitality - in River Forest, Illinois with another sister. I enjoy walking, hiking, and photography. The Chicago area has some great places for all of that!
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