Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Almighty and everlasting God, You are strength to those who suffer and comfort to those who grieve. Time after time, you are a light in the dark, merciful and faithful. You hear our prayers and we need only open our eyes, ears and hearts to you.
Dear God, our Heavenly Father, we humbly come before you, seeking your divine help in this great time of need for the people of Uvalde, Texas and all those who have been impacted by this great tragedy. Lord, let them hear you. Speak something conceivable into their shattered hearts.
Bless those who mourn with the comfort of your love that they may face this seemingly insurmountable pain and grief each day with some glimmer of hope. Lord remind them through the prayers of all of us throughout the world who are praying for them that nothing can destroy the good that has been given. Through their tears and broken hearts, may their memories give them more comfort than pain and some joy through the sadness.
Father – Help this little school, the students, staff and families see your face. Help them to trust that your grace, mercy and love is far greater than this uncertainty and confusion. Help this little school, the students and families feel our prayers of comfort and compassion through these dark days.
We know your strength when we see it Lord and for that we are thankful. Because you are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble – we will not fear. Though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging – we shall not fear. Lord allow our prayers to give this strength and faith to all those in Uvalde, Texas.
Finally, Lord bless the 21 people, including the 18 dear little children who were needlessly killed. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls through Your mercy, rest in peace.
Let us use our Catholic Education Week theme as a lamp for the feet of the families in Uvalde that in the coming days, they are able – through God’s goodness and our prayers to –
Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together