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First Friday reflection for November 2019

On these Feasts of All Saints and All Souls,

we remember you, O Holy Ones,
You who have held the light in the darkness,
whose courage has bolstered our fear;
You who have made love your name,
whose humility enlivens our spark of faith;
You who have made each day matter,
whose generosity opens us to giving;
You who are recognized in the Communion of Saints
and the ones recognized in the communion of our hearts.

Hold a light for our darkness,
courage for our fear,
hope for our despair,
love for our journey.

And so we pray with others from around the world, in union with the Sacred Heart family and in Communion with our Saints, for the children who find themselves in harm’s way, using the images and lives of those children who have died while held in detention at the United States – Mexico border. We pray for the protection of all children, especially those “on the move.”

Litany Naming the Children with Response

We bow our heads in prayer and we remember the children known who have died in U.S. custody since December 2018.

“We Remember You”



“We Remember You”

“We Remember You”

“We Remember You”

“We Remember You”

“We Remember You”

“We Remember You”

Saints and souls of light from the dark,
guide us as we open our hearts
to our call in this time and this place.
May we be women and men of communion
responding with action to your call…

“To be one Body which loves, practices and gives witness
to justice, peace and integrity of creation at all levels of our life and mission.”
General Chapter 2016

Let us hold the remembrance of the children we have prayed with,
and those we hold in our hearts...
that we might be the builders of the Kingdom on Earth
through the power of your Saints and Souls.

With courage and confidence in the heart of Jesus,

Amen.

*We extend our solidarity and prayers to the border communities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who will be celebrating a Mass on the border on November 2, where the Rio Grande separates Mexico from the United States, and where people from both sides will take part in the All Soul's Day commemoration.

Graphic by the Society of the Sacred Heart's Stuart Center.
Photos by Ignation Solidarity Network and used with permission.