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As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance. In our mission to act with the Church to help the poor overseas, we begin with prayer. As we reach out to our sisters and brothers, we first seek God's grace and guidance, and then we work, animated by the Spirit that connects us.

Each month, we publish a new prayer that we ask the Church to join us in praying. Seeking God's guidance together, we are drawn closer together, and perhaps get a peek beyond the veil at the Kingdom he has promised, as together we work to make that Kingdom a reality for all.

We invite you to join us in praying this prayer with us each month, sharing it with families, parishes, and networks, so our hearts may be one and steadfast as we turn again to the work of the Lord: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and the captive.

And so we pray ...

Our Prayer for July

A City on a Mountain

"You are the light of the world.

A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden."

—Matthew 5:14

Lord of all good things,

You have made us a blessed nation,
A city set on a mountain,
And have willed us to do for the least of yours
What we would do for you.

Make us a generous people:
Sharers with the hungry,
Comforters of the sick,
Protectors of the most vulnerable,
Friends of the alien,
People of shelter in the time of storm,
Advocates for the oppressed,
Speaking out whenever and wherever your people are threatened.

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Teach us to share graciously,
    as you shared all for us,
To tithe righteously,
    setting aside a just portion for our poorest brothers and sisters,
To give joyfully,
    knowing that we are pleasing the God who desires mercy over sacrifice,
As individuals, as families,
As a nation.

Then will all know of your justice, of your glory.
For a city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.


Light a Virtual Votive

"In prayer, God keeps calling us, opening our hearts to charity."

— Pope Francis

Light a candle and say a prayer for your loved ones and our brothers and sisters around the world. Your intentions will be remembered at Mass offered in St. Stephen's Chapel at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.