Prayer

God of justice, In your wisdom you create
all people in your image, without exception.
Through your goodness, open our eyes to
see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every
human being.
Open our minds to understand that all
your children are brothers and sisters in the
same human family.
Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes,
behaviors, and speech which demean
others.
Open our ears to hear the cries of those
wounded by racial discrimination, and their
passionate appeals for change.
Strengthen our resolve to make amends
for past injustices and to right the wrongs
of history.
And fill us with courage that we might
seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive
and be forgiven, and establish peace and
equality for all in our communities.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

[Prayer courtesy of Catholic Charities USA]