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In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic.

Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

-Martin Niemoller



Dear Lord, Help every boy and girl without a home of their own this day. Guide them to a place where they will feel loved and wanted, cared for and appreciated.

Lift them up when they are down. Dry their tears when they cry. Heal them when they are hurt. Should they fall, pick them up and hold them close to your heart.

Lord, you began life homeless. Mary and Joseph protected you on the journey into Egypt. Grant that today's homeless children find such loving and faithful protectors.

Bless, too, O Lord, those, who care for these homeless little ones in your name. Amen

From Mercy Home 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Il. 60607

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Divine Mercy Prayer for Homeless Children

Eternal Father .... reach out with Your tender love and mercy, to those pitiful children who wander the streets at night ..... with Your unfathomable love and mercy, bring them back to their families, or to a home You choose for them.

Jesus .... through Your Divine Mercy enable us to help these poor children, with our deeds and with our prayers.

Holy Spirit .... lead many to reach out in love to poor children in distress.

Mother Mary .... send out Your mother's love to those poor children who have never really known the love and tenderness of an earthly mother.

We unite this prayer with all the prayers of Divine Mercy offered to the Eternal Father this day for the lonely, distressed and the homeless children and people of the world. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

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Prayer for the Release of a Loved One from Addiction

Lord Jesus, I put myself into Your hands this day. I ask You, with all my heart, to cure the terrible addiction to alcohol (drugs) in (name the person). Create in them an intolerance for alcohol (drugs) that will prevent them ever offending those who love them again. And grant their loved ones the grace to forgive them for all the hurt they have caused. Through the Divine Mercy and blood of Jesus, I also pray that they will be healed of all withdrawal symptoms of this terrible affliction. I sincerely ask this, in the name of Jesus. Amen

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Divine Mercy for the Physically and Sexually Abused

Divine Mercy I beg of You to protect all those helpless children who are physically and sexually abused, especially by those whose duty it is to guide and protect them on earth. Send Your enveloping cloak of Mercy and wrap it around those poor children and enfold them in Your love and protection. Send forth Your rays of blood and water to cleanse and renew the souls of those who perpetrate these vile acts of Satan. Let there be a way to get Your powerful Image of Divine Mercy into the homes of these sad families, from where graces will flow as You promise, and they shall be renewed. O Blood and Water which gushed from the heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, we trust in You. Amen

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  1. Bishop Macram Gassis: Helping the People of the Sudan
  2. Catholic Relief Services
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