Prayer for April – Poverty and Climate Change

Let us attend to our breathing.  Breathe in the presence of the holy One, breathe out all that distracts (one minute).

Let us allow into the depths of our hearts and souls the images and words of young poet Kathy Jetril-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands, speaking to her infant son about the threats facing him from climate change.  Kathy offered this gift to the United Nations Climate Leaders Summit last September in New York.  (Watch in silence the following 3-minute poem)


Silence (1/2 minute)

Questions for quiet reflection:

  • Imagine the sight of millions of poor people driven from their homelands and from major coastal cities by steadily rising sea levels
  • Imagine the sounds of millions of poor people with even less ability to grow food as decreasing rainfalls and increasing drought severely limit food growth
  • Imagine the lives of poor people with even less access to water because the cost of safe water has risen so highly

Let us pray (pause):

Gracious One, you made us sisters and brothers, one family with all of Earth’s life.
You provided us with amazing abundance in all the systems of your creation:
air, water, soil, plants, trees, and wild moving creatures of every kind.
You called us to enjoy and love this sacred garden with tenderness and steady care.

We come to you today, holy One, as sinners.
We are just beginning to recognize, amazing Creator, how dramatically we have failed
to respond to your call.

Our greed, our wastefulness, our mindlessness, our inability to recognize the sacredness of the natural world and of the poorest of our sisters and brothers is destroying your
wondrous handiwork.

We sadly and humbly ask your forgiveness, gracious One, and we beg you with all our
hearts to lead us NOW toward the transformation of mind and heart we so urgently

In Jesus’ name we pray.


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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