Good and gracious God, we thank you for the gift of families.
We are grateful for all of the joy and love that they bring into
our lives,and we ask that you provide special protection for
all families,particularly those who face hardships as they
move in search of a better life.
Show mercy to those who travel in danger,
and lead them to a place of safety and peace.
Comfort those who are alone and afraid because their families
have been torn apart by violence and injustice.

As we reflect upon the difficult journey that the Holy Family
faced as refugees in Egypt,help us to remember the suffering of all migrant families.
Through the intercession of Mary our Mother, and
St. Joseph the Worker, her spouse, we pray
that all migrants may be reunited with their loved ones and find the meaningful work they seek.
Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality
for all who come in search of refuge.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger as Christ in our midst.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.


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