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PRAYER TO INTRODUCE RESOLUTION DURING FRANCISCAN FEDERATION’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 2009              We are a nation of immigrants.   We come from Mexico and the Philippines, from Central America, Ireland, Ethiopia and Iraq. We come to escape poverty and violence, fear, war discrimination, political suppression and economic hardship. We leave behind parents and children and the skies of our homelands. We bring with us languages, photographs, telephone numbers, backpacks, stories, and hopes. We have walked day and night through the desert to cross the frontera. We have waited on the far side for papers to go through. We have hopped trains, seen companions fall, have put our trust in, and been abandoned by coyotes---human smugglers. We are the ones who have arrived.   We have been called illegals, mojados, aliens and terrorists. We are rounded up at work leaving our children stranded. We are imprisoned and deported from the cities where we have lived for decades. We are guarded against at the border by barbed wire, dongs pressure sensors and armed guards, as if we are an army to be feared. Yet often, we are the ones who live in fear.  We are math teachers and dishwashers, carpenters, translators, painters of portraits and of housed. We pick the apples in Yakima, Washington. We wash your dishes in restaurants in Minnesota. We rebuild houses in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We pay taxes out of our salaries. We send our children to school, wanting them to learn and succeed and to be safe. Neither do we forget the family members we have left in our birth countries: we work hard to support them as well. But we live here now: in big cities and small towns, in migrant camps, in apartment buildings and bedroom communities. In some places we are invisible. But look for us--- we are here. We are twelve million strong.  We sought and found opportunities in this country, and in return we have contributed our labor, our children, the rich textures of our cultures, and a chance for each of us---we and you---to learn compassion and wisdom through encountering the stranger. But we must be strangers no longer.  As brothers and sisters we affirm our humanity, dignity and value and thank all religious communities that treat us with respect and are working so passionately for us.                                                                         (Annunciation House, El Paso, TX)   (Immigrants continue to speak)  As your brothers and sisters we join the extended Franciscan Family in the Care of Creation.  We are there because you are there.  We care about Earth as it affects the poorest of our brothers and sisters.  It is understandable that Pope John Paul II made St. Francis the patron saint of ecology in 1979.  The Holy Father saw that the grace of a particular charism could best meet the daunting challenge of helping to heal a creation.  We, as a family of Franciscans have a responsibility and an ability to care for creation and together walk gently on the earth.    Let us pray together: Creator of all, we join our minds and hearts with the beings of our planet earth.  We recognize the deep bond that we have with each created being.  We rejoice in your sacred presence among us and within us.  Divine oneness we celebrate the goodness, the beauty, the talents, and the spirituality of all beings.  We stand in solidarity with all who suffer in any way.  Rekindle our love, revitalize our compassion, and renew our awareness of the unity we share with all beings.    I am the veiled women of Iran;  I am the forgotten one on the streets of Calcutta  I am the water that is being exploited.  I am the sunflower reaching to God.  I am the weaver of colorful cloth in South America.  I am the village shaman in the South Pacific Islands.  I am a bird soaring in sky creation.  I am the night sky lighting your way in darkness.  I am the rancher in unfenced lands.  I am the waitress in a rural café.  I am a creature slithering along the earth.  I am a tree reaching to the sky.                             (Adapted from Out of the Ordinary by Joyce Rupp)   Loving   Creator,   you   do   not   speak   in   words,   your   voice   is   the   voice   of   Light.   The   morning   sun speaks   of   your   warmth,   the   newness   you   bring   to   each   day   through   the   Gospel   of   Creation.      You made   visible   your   Light   through   the   lives   of   Francis   and   Clare,   may   they   continue   to   be   beacons for    our    Franciscan    family.        Beacons    of    energy    that    magnify    our    response    to    justice,    right- relationship,    peace    and    awe    and    gratitude    we    have    for    Earth’s    abundant    gifts.        Bless    us withcourage, faithfulness and the stamina of Francis and Clare.  We make our prayer that is holy Amen

Immigrants’s Prayer

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Immigrant’s

Prayer

PRAYER TO INTRODUCE RESOLUTION DURING FRANCISCAN FEDERATION’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 2009 
We are a nation of immigrants.   We come from Mexico and the Philippines, from Central America, Ireland, Ethiopia and Iraq. We come to escape poverty and violence, fear, war discrimination, political suppression and economic hardship. We leave behind parents and children and the skies of our homelands. We bring with us languages, photographs, telephone numbers, backpacks, stories, and hopes. We have walked day and night through the desert to cross the frontera. We have waited on the far side for papers to go through. We have hopped trains, seen companions fall, have put our trust in, and been abandoned by coyotes---human smugglers. We are the ones who have arrived.   We have been called illegals, mojados, aliens and terrorists. We are rounded up at work leaving our children stranded. We are imprisoned and deported from the cities where we have lived for decades. We are guarded against at the border by barbed wire, dongs pressure sensors and armed guards, as if we are an army to be feared. Yet often, we are the ones who live in fear.  We are math teachers and dishwashers, carpenters, translators, painters of portraits and of housed. We pick the apples in Yakima, Washington. We wash your dishes in restaurants in Minnesota. We rebuild houses in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We pay taxes out of our salaries. We send our children to school, wanting them to learn and succeed and to be safe. Neither do we forget the family members we have left in our birth countries: we work hard to support them as well. But we live here now: in big cities and small towns, in migrant camps, in apartment buildings and bedroom communities. In some places we are invisible. But look for us---we are here. We are twelve million strong.  We sought and found opportunities in this country, and in return we have contributed our labor, our children, the rich textures of our cultures, and a chance for each of us---we and you---to learn compassion and wisdom through encountering the stranger. But we must be strangers no longer.  As brothers and sisters we affirm our humanity, dignity and value and thank all religious communities that treat us with respect and are working so passionately for us.                                                  (Annunciation House, El Paso, TX)   (Immigrants continue to speak)  As your brothers and sisters we join the extended Franciscan Family in the Care of Creation.  We are there because you are there.  We care about Earth as it affects the poorest of our brothers and sisters.  It is understandable that Pope John Paul II made St. Francis the patron saint of ecology in 1979.  The Holy Father saw that the grace of a particular charism could best meet the daunting challenge of helping to heal a creation.  We, as a family of Franciscans have a responsibility and an ability to care for creation and together walk gently on the earth.    Let us pray together: Creator of all, we join our minds and hearts with the beings of our planet earth.  We recognize the deep bond that we have with each created being.  We rejoice in your sacred presence among us and within us.  Divine oneness we celebrate the goodness, the beauty, the talents, and the spirituality of all beings.  We stand in solidarity with all who suffer in any way.  Rekindle our love, revitalize our compassion, and renew our awareness of the unity we share with all beings.    I am the veiled women of Iran;  I am the forgotten one on the streets of Calcutta  I am the water that is being exploited.  I am the sunflower reaching to God.  I am the weaver of colorful cloth in South America.  I am the village shaman in the South Pacific Islands.  I am a bird soaring in sky creation.  I am the night sky lighting your way in darkness.  I am the rancher in unfenced lands.  I am the waitress in a rural café.  I am a creature slithering along the earth.  I am a tree reaching to the sky.                             (Adapted from Out of the Ordinary by Joyce Rupp)   Loving   Creator,   you   do   not   speak   in   words,   your   voice   is   the   voice of   Light.   The   morning   sun   speaks   of   your   warmth,   the   newness you   bring   to   each   day   through   the   Gospel   of   Creation.      You   made visible   your   Light   through   the   lives   of   Francis   and   Clare,   may   they continue    to    be    beacons    for    our    Franciscan    family.        Beacons    of energy   that   magnify   our   response   to   justice,   right-relationship, peace   and   awe   and   gratitude   we   have   for   Earth’s   abundant   gifts.     Bless   us   withcourage,   faithfulness   and   the   stamina   of   Francis   and Clare.  We make our prayer that is holy Amen
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