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The Prayer of St. Francis illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

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Prayer of St. Francis

Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike are familiar with “The Prayer of St. Francis” which begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” If you don’t already know it, this might be a good prayer to learn by heart.  In addition, we recommend the illustrated version by the artist and wood engraver Fritz Eichenberg. Eichenberg was born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1901. He was forced to flee Germany in the 1930s because he was an outspoken critic of the Nazis. He and his wife settled in New York.  Raised in a non-religious family, Eichenberg was a great seeker.  He studied Taoism as a child and became a Quaker Christian as an adult. Eichenberg illustrated many books, and also did work for The Catholic Worker newspaper in New York City. See more of his art after the jump:

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Prayers and Action for Immigrants

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immigrants crossing the US Mexico border

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform. Between 1892 and 1997 the United States deported 2.1 million people.  By the end of next year the Obama administration will have deported that many in just six years. Thousands of children born in the United States have been thrown into foster care, and families are being torn apart.  When Jesus is asked in Matthew 25 who will get into heaven, he offers these criteria,

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

You can send an electronic postcard to your senators and representatives showing your support for immigration reform at the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants website. In addition, prayers for migrants and refugees from Catholic Household Blessing and Prayers after the jump:

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Prayers for Sins of Violence

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Syria

In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, prayers for sins of violence, as collected in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers:

“In the sight of this evil, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence – a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?” – Pope Bendict XVI at Auschwitz

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Are Pro-Life Christians Responsible for the Shooting in Colorado?

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Memorial at the site of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs

In Colorado Springs we’re mourning yet another mass shooting in our community, this time at a Planned Parenthood. Many claim that the rhetoric of the pro-life movement is too blame. Prof. Charles Camosy responds in The New York Daily NewsIs Pro-Life Rhetoric Responsible for the Shooting in Colorado? TCC’s own Melissa Musick responds in National ReviewOfficer Swasey’s Values. Pray for peace.