Before beginning the modules, please take a moment for reflection.
"Then the LORD asked Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' He answered, 'I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" The LORD then said: 'What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil!'" (Genesis 4:9-10)
"Cain's question, 'Am I my brother's keeper?', has global implications and is a special challenge for our time, touching not one brother but all our sisters and brothers. Are we responsible for the fate of the world's poor? Do we have duties to suffering people in far-off places? Must we respond to the needs of suffering refugees in distant nations? Are we keepers of the creation for future generations? For the followers of Jesus, the answer is yes." (From the U.S. Bishops, Called to Global Solidarity)
God of All, I ask You to watch over me and those who also will journey in the coming days.
Grant us the humility needed to be open to this new experience.
Let us seek honesty in these days, both embracing our many gifts and admitting our struggles.
May excellence characterize all we do in our service to others.
Grant us patience, with ourselves and with those we encounter, trusting that the goodness of tomorrow is for tomorrow.
Bring out our most authentic selves, having faith that who we are is exactly enough for this task.
Provide us a double portion of prudence, that we may be wise in all we do.
May we seek and find good companionship in the communities where we work.
And when the time has come, return us safely home, filled with the joy that comes from doing Your will, and renewed by the Grace of these days.
I ask this through Your holy name.