TCC Video: Prayers for Persons With Disabilities

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Pope Francis with little girl in a wheelchair

Physician assisted suicide is on the ballot in Colorado. Disability advocacy groups like Not Dead Yet strongly oppose removing “do no harm” from the Hippocratic Oath. Pray for the disabled today.

Prayer for Openness

Living and true God,
You created all that is good and holy.
be close to us your servants,
who gather here today.
Be our constant help and protection.
Enable us to reach out lovingly to all your children,
to show understanding and awareness,
comfort and consolation,
justice and equality.
so that together we may participate fully in parish life and worship.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, your son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Pope Francis blesses disabled boy

Prayer to be a Witness

Loving God, you teach us that the power of the Holy Spirit
means more than any human limitation or weakness.
Through surrender to your will,
may we bear witness to the truth
that the source of our human dignity
is not the outward condition of the body,
but our likeness to the creator.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Nuns care for the disabled

Prayer for Inclusion

Creator God, we are your people. We look to the future with optimism and with faith in You, as we pursue our call to provide justice and fullness of life for all people with disabilities.

We pray that every man, woman and child may develop their potential and meet You in themselves and in one another.

May we enjoy a totally welcoming community, with You as our center, joined hand in hand with our sisters and brothers. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

Based on the Pastoral Statement of U.S.
Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities

parents of a disabled son at Mass


Prayer to Brother Andre Bessett Patron Saint of the Disabled

Brother André, I come to you in prayer for healing.
You were no stranger to illness. Plagued by stomach problems,
you knew suffering on a daily basis, but you never lost faith in God.
Thousands of people have sought your healing prayers as I do today.
Pray that I might be restored to health in body, soul, and mind.
With St. Joseph as my loving Protector, strengthen my faith and give me peace
That I might accept God’s will for me no matter the outcome. Amen.


“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. ”
– Jean Vanier

“What was the life of Christ but a perpetual humiliation?”
– St. Vincent de Paul