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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 May

Hagar, Look Up

As she roamed aimlessly in the wilderness of Beer-sheba, the water in the skin was used up. So she put the child down under one of the bushes, and then went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away; for she said to herself, “I cannot watch the child die.” As she sat opposite him, she wept aloud.

God heard the boy’s voice, and God’s angel called to Hagar from heaven: “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not fear; God has heard the boy’s voice in this plight of his. Get up, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand; for I will make of him a great nation.”

Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink.

— Genesis 21:14–19

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God of Plenty,

For every mother who despairs for her child
Who cannot bear to watch her son’s suffering
Or hear her daughter’s cries,
Bless them with the knowledge of
And access to
The bounty you have provided.

Our world flows with water.
It abounds with food.
And God’s saving hand stretches out to all.
Let us be those angel voices for every mother:
Come, there is enough for your child, and for you.
There is health and hope and opportunity,
And a great future awaits you both.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother,
We ask you to help us reach out in your name
To every mother
And every mother’s child.

Hagar, look up.

Amen


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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.