Prayer: Lord, we ask You to be near those who are suffering, physically, emotionally or spiritually. Physical pain, abusive relationships, being marginalized by those around us ... suffering in any capacity can isolate a person, make them feel unwanted or unloved. Lord, let them know how You hold them up, how You love them! Let us be conduits of Your mercy and love to all sick and all suffering, giving of our time to pray and help those in need, especially those who simply need to be loved. Let us be Your hands, Your heart to those who need so desperately to feel Your love and be given - through love - a gift of hope. We ask this in Your holy name, Amen.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.