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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 November

Not Because Our Tables Are Full

Lord of all,

The Ramirez family of El Guabayo, Guatemala gathers in joy for a family meal.

We look up to you and give thanks—

Not because our tables are full

Our harvests are robust

Or our homes resound with laughter and joy.

Though these things may indeed be true,

Too often we have looked upon want—

We see times of dryness

and lives of loneliness and despair.

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Even then, we thank you nonetheless

Because it is in times such as these

That we see hands that share,

We see feet that walk in solidarity with the outcast,

We see arms that open up to embrace the broken-hearted

And we see the sinner weep to know of your forgiveness.

And whatever the joys and comforts of our homes, great and small,

It is in the blessings of these times that our cup truly overflows.

And so we bless you and thank you

Not because our tables are full

But because our hearts are

Because your love is everlasting

And your mercy endures forever.


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

— Pope Francis

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