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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 December

Song of Our Lady of the Highways

Catholic Relief Services, Zimbabwe

Our Lady of the Highways,

Who walked the broken road,

Through whose grace and courage,

Was the Lord of Lords bestowed.

You, whose walk was lonely

Whose burden was not light,

May your courage be with trav’lers

Fleeing ruin, war and blight.

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Our Lady of the Highways,

Of all pathways, pikes and trails,

Look to all who wander,

Lend your grace to their travails.

You, who fled to Egypt,

Look on all who flee tonight,

Be they running from dark terrors,

Be they seeking holy light.

Our Lady of the Highways,

Of railways and the seas,

Where the émigré is vulner’ble

To violence and disease.

Help us comfort all who journey

Where the roads of fate have crossed,

That the refugee and migrant

Though they wander, are not lost.


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"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.