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Lord God, you came to set us free,
but materialism threatens to enslave us.
Give me the strength
to confront my own unreasonable desires.
Help me to take to heart your command
not to worry about what we are to eat
or what we are to put on.
Free me from worry about my possessions.
Help me to love people and use things,
rather than love things and use people.
Give me the grace
to embrace your whole vision of life,
to see your handiwork in all of your creation
and in all those I meet.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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marriage

Jesus, our brother,
you encounter us in a special way
in the sacrament of marriage.
You bestow upon us the graces
which strengthen our relationship.
Sometimes, however, it is not easy
to remember your presence.
Help us, Lord, to keep in mind
that you are indeed with us
and a part of our marriage relationship.
Strengthen us, in love, to remember that
you brought us together for a reason;
that we need to honor each other
and each other’s emotions.
Continue to remind us of your presence
as, together, we fulfill our marriage vows
until death.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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wisdomFather, Creator and giver of life,
help us to embrace the gifts you have
given to us and show us how to use them
generously in service to your people.
 
Jesus, Savior and Redeemer,
show us how to let go
of those aspects of our lives
that inhibit our growth,

make us timid and fearful,
and keep us from seeing the larger possibilities
that lie before us.
 
Spirit of wisdom and love,
fill our hearts with passion for your word
and a zealousness for your work.
 
May all good things come to us
as a result of Wisdom’s company
and true riches be ours
through God’s abundant grace.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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jesus_childrenJesus,
your words have power
both to frighten and to delight me.
Help me be attentive, to hear
what you are teaching me about death and about life.
Open my eyes to the challenges you put before me.
Show me how to receive the “little ones.”
Give me a generous spirit and a compassionate heart.
I ask all of this in your holy name.

Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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crossLoving God,
Jesus taught us so many lessons
during his time on this earth.
Open our hearts and minds
that we may see the goodness
you have put
in the highways and byways of our life.

Keep us attentive to your words
that our footsteps and actions may follow the same path,
the path that Jesus shows,
the path we claim to be walking.
Guide our feet that they may stay on the path of the gospel,
the way that Jesus the teacher has shown us.
We ask this through the same Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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miraclesJesus,
I put my trust in your healing touch.
Unstop my ears and open my heart
to your message of justice, love, and compassion,
even when those words challenge me.
Remove the impediments from my speech—
fear, intimidation, apathy, or doubt.
Help me to proclaim my faith loudly
and my love for you with gladness.

I pray all of this in your holy name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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ToolsLoving God,
For the opportunity to find
work meaningful,
We thank you, God.
For those with whom we work,
We ask your blessing, God.
For the times we were not conscious
of our partnership with you,
We ask forgiveness, O God.

For those who have taught us skills
and wisdom and patience,
We praise you, O God.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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companions_journeyHeavenly Father, I thank you
for the words, example, and actions
of your Son, Jesus,
which give us the path to follow.
I am grateful for the Spirit
who comes to be with us on our journey,
on the path of unity, forgiveness, care,
and love for one another.
Graced with the Resurrection of Jesus

and the Presence of the Spirit
help me to witness to others as a member
of a community of baptized believers.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Thank you, God, for your faithful servants
who give a helping hand to the hungry.
Bless them and those whose pain and hardship
make their work so essential.
Show us how we can stand with them.
Give bread to the hungry
and give hunger for you
to those who have bread.
We pray in the name of Jesus

our Savior and brother who feeds us
with the bread of life
and who lives in loving community
with you and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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lord_s_SupperJesus, we call you the Bread of Life.
We are reminded of your sacrifice for us
each time we receive the Eucharist.
Call us to your table
as we bring with us
all of our triumphs and joys,
hurts and disappointments,
all of our tears and pain
as well as our laughter.

We give everything to you,
our sacrifice mingled with yours.
For this is true communion;
this is how we come together,
the beginning of our knowing you.
Help us to be an example to children.
Open us up to their simple faith.
Give us wisdom, joy and peace
as we try to grow ever closer to you.
We ask this in your name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.
Original oil painting, “The Lord’s Supper,” by Brendan Clary.

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Lord, in John’s Gospel
we hear you say,
“Do not work for food that perishes.”
Lord, we know the food we need for life.
We do not fully understand
the mystery of your becoming present to us
in the Eucharist,
but we struggle to believe.

Your words help us to see
where we need to put our energies:
toward knowing you
and living as you would have us live.
We need help to avoid working
for those things that cannot last.
We need help to remember
what is really important in life.
Help us to be faithful to the Eucharist,
so that we may come to be more
in communion with one another and you.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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bread_wineHeavenly Father,
thank you for giving us yourself in Jesus,
through the Eucharist.
As we are fed by you,
open our eyes to see the hungry, the lonely,
and those in need of your presence.
By the grace of your Spirit,
may we live as the Body of Christ.
With grateful hearts, we offer the gifts we have

so that we may become bread
for the life of the world.
In Jesus name I pray.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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jesus_shepherdLord Jesus, help me to follow you faithfully
and offer assistance to our brothers and sisters
who may wander.
Teach me to know the ways I can begin
to live and share eternal life
while in this world.
Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit
to bring me into the intimacy of your relationship
with the Father.

Enlarge my heart
to embrace those who have wandered from you
and help me to love and protect them
with the heart of a shepherd.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Gracious God, in Jesus words
we are invited to be partners in his work
of witnessing to your kingdom on earth.
In his words,
we are reminded of the mission and responsibility
that we received in our baptism.
Keep our hearts, eyes, and ears open,
so that daily we will respond to your call.
With courage and humility,

relying on your grace,
may we be agents of healing,
bearers of truth,
and messengers of hope.
We offer this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

 
From The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord, as Catholics we are called to believe—
in the Trinity,
in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus,
in the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic” church.
We are called to believe that we are forgiven
and that we will rise again with you.
Lord, I sometimes struggle with these beliefs.
It is hard for me to keep things simple.
Life in this time and place is complex

and its pressures intrude relentlessly.
Help me to listen for your voice,
to find you in others,
and to respond when you call me by name.
Help me on my journey
to grow ever closer to you.
Amen.

 
From The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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