Prayer: Our Most Powerful Tool

The news of the explosions today in Boston has stunned us all. We grieve for those killed and join with people of all faiths in praying for them, for the wounded in the attack, for their family members and friends and for the first responders and emergency workers tending to the injured. Our most powerful tool right now is prayer.

Earlier today the Archdiocese of Boston posted the following: “As reports of death and injuries are reported, we ask you to please turn to the Lord each time to pray for them and for those who love them that they would receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the mercy of God, and the loving maternal embrace of our Blessed Mother.”

While at this time we do not know the cause of these explosions, we know that the answer to the world’s darkness is to open our hearts to the light of Christ. Blessed John Paul II encouraged people to confront this “culture of death” by building a civilization of love, by reflecting the love of Christ in our daily lives. Our faith in the Risen Christ in such times of sorrow offers us the confident hope that death shall not have the last word.

Lord our God,
You are always faithful and quick to show mercy.
Our brothers and sisters were suddenly taken from us.
Come swiftly to their aid,
have mercy on them,
and comfort their families and friends
by the power and protection of the Cross.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

[Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals]