God at the heart of creation, it is your power
that sustains the smallest particle,
and binds it in relation to others,
enabling creation to unfold
in patterns of amazing diversity and order.
We praise your presence in every part
of the universe you have made.
In our work of caring for the vulnerable,
help us to see the dignity and worth of the smallest,
and to nurture the networks of care and support
that bring meaning and value to their lives.
As we rejoice in the wonder of our being,
let us know that our greatest gift is to share
with others the tender love you have shown us.
Stretch our minds beyond the bald constraints
of costs and figures,
to go where love and beauty will take us.
Renew in us Catherine’s deep trust in Providence,
that we may risk enough to create a vision
of how things might be, when we dare to hope,
in mercy’s name.
These prayers originally appeared as part of the monthly reflection Imaging Mercy Today, written by Dennis Horton, a member of He Waka Tiaki, the mission team of Tiaki Manatu Mercy Ministries New Zealand. They may be reproduced and used with acknowledgment.