Franciscan Common Ground Prayer


God of all peoples and nations,
Open my eyes to the struggles and sufferings of my immigrant brothers and sisters.
Open my heart to their pains and sorrows and allow me to make them my own.
Open my arms that I may embrace their cause as my cause.
And grant me, O Lord, the wisdom and strength to speak in their defense.

I hold close to my heart all those who perished while crossing the border, those separated from their loved ones, the young people who are running away from violence, the unaccompanied children, the refugees, the undocumented, and those who are in immigration detention facilities.

Lord, I believe in doing these, I am serving you who said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers or sisters, you do for me.”

I pray these in your powerful name.