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Prayer to the Christ of the Refugees
Monday, December 01, 2008

The prayer for this month includes an audio slideshow highlighting refugees around the world, featuring the Prayer to the Christ of the Refugees, by Adolfo Nicolás SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus. Click on the Play button below to view the slideshow.

Reflections for Prayer
Suggestions for Prayer:
  1. As you ponder the suggested readings from the second chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, prayerfully recall the words of Pope Pius XII: “The émigré Holy Family of Nazareth, fleeing into Egypt, is the archetype of every refugee family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, living in exile in Egypt to escape the fury of an evil king, are, for all times and all places, the models and protectors of every migrant, alien and refugee of whatever kind who, whether compelled by fear of persecution or by want, is forced to leave his native land, his beloved parents and relatives, his close friends, and to seek a foreign soil.”
  2. Although Jesus was the Son of God, he came to us in human appearance and, with his mother Mary and his guardian Joseph, shared the harsh and grief-stricken experience of refugees. As you pray for refugees with Father Adolfo Nicolás, the new Jesuit Superior General, allow the refugees of our world to invite you to reach out in prayer and action to comfort them in their trials and create a place of hope for their future.
  3. As you pray with the photos of refugee children and their families, allow yourself to be challenged to heal the evils caused by migration and discover the plan God pursues through it even when caused by obvious injustices.

Suggested Reading for Prayer
Matthew 2:13-15
"Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him."

Matthew 2:16-18
"A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more."

2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For the love of Christ impels us . . . that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.