O God, we praise and thank you for the blessings of life in Canada,
from your natural bounty and from the work of human hands.
We ask you to open our ears to the truths about our collective history shared with
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by survivors of residential schools.
We ask you to open our minds to the complex and subtle ways that past mistakes,
arrogance, misuse of authority and sinfulness have damaged our social fabric in ways
we have barely begun to redress.
We ask you to open our hearts that we may continue to listen
even when the truth challenges us;
that we may understand that we are heirs to a system
that has shown itself capable of domination and cruelty,
whether or not we personally contributed;
that we may commit ourselves in all humility
to do what we can and support the efforts of
others to restore our ruptured social fabric.
Source: Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
Together We Pray
For the children who died in residential schools throughout Canada
and for all those who continue on a journey through the darkness,
that there may be healing founded on truth and that the Spirit
will inspire our ongoing commitment to reconciliation.
God, through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit,
continue to offer us correction so that your grace might change
and transform us in our weakness and repentance.
Give us humility to listen when others reveal how we have failed
and courage to love others as ourselves, mindful of your love
for the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Amen.
Prayer of the Faithful
For the children who died in residential schools throughout Canada and for all those impacted by this tragedy, that there may be healing founded on truth and that the Spirit will inspire our ongoing commitment to reconciliation. For this, we pray to the Lord.
Other Prayer Resources
Video: Way of the Cross – Praying About Residential Schools (54 minutes - Way of the Cross from Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland - written by Fr. Robert Foliot, SJ)