If you have suffered from sexual abuse, these prayers are for you.

To Saint Maria Goretti

Dear God,

We ask you to help us find healing and peace in our lives. Grant us hope in these times of trial. May Maria Goretti, who was strengthened by Your Grace, join with us in prayer for healing of all victims of abuse, particularly those abused as children or young adults.

Fill us with Your Love so that, as Maria prayed for her attacker, we too might have the courage to pray for the true conversion of our abusers, that they might seek Your Mercy through prayer and penance.

Loving God, pour into our hearts and lives Your healing Spirit, that the sacredness of every human person might be respected and protected as the precious image of God. Help us to live in the peace which Maria Goretti found in Christ and in the love of His mother, Mary.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen

 

Prayer for those suffering from abuse

Dear God,
we ask you to help all those who suffer from abuse.
Help them find healing and peace in their life.
May Maria Goretti
who was strengthened by Your Grace
join with us in prayer for healing of all victims of abuse,
particularly those abused as children or young adults.
Grant us your Love that we might reach out to them
in Your Name with hope in times of trial.
As Maria prayed for her attacker,
grant us the grace to pray for the true conversion of all involved with the abuse: that they might seek Your Mercy through prayer and penance.
Loving God,
pour into our hearts and lives your healing Spirit,
that the sacredness of every human person
might be respected and protected
as the precious image of God.
Help us to live in the peace which Maria Goretti had found in Christ and in the love of his mother Mary.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

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