Litany

Here’s an excerpt from a terrific prayer called “Litany of Mary of Nazareth.” It comes from the peace organization Pax Christi.  I liked this prayer instantly.

Mother of the liberator, pray for us.
Mother of the homeless, pray for us.
Mother of the dying, pray for us.
Mother of the nonviolent, pray for us.
Widowed mother, pray for us.
Unwed mother, pray for us.
Mother of a political prisoner, pray for us.
Mother of the condemned, pray for us.
Mother of the executed criminal, pray for us.


I think lots of us, myself included, don’t instinctively think of Mary in all of those roles.  But every one of them is accurate.   And this litany is a great reminder of the fact that Mary knows a thing or two about violence and injustice.  She experienced it herself, after all.

No wonder she cares so much about peace.

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