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A Catholic Prayer for Memorial Day

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God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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1 Sarah R = "This opening shows the two sides of God: He is powerful, and He is merciful. He is transcendent, and He is personal. He is judge, and He is forgiving. He is holy, and He is loving. If we focus primarily on His power, transcendence, justice and might, we may lose sight of His love for us and His desire to be in relationship with us. If we focus primarily on His mercy, personal nature, forgiveness, and love, we may lose sight of the coming judgment and think we can live as we want.  We must grasp both these sides of God in order to have a full understanding of Him. "
2 Cary W = "God is merciful to the just and unjust, yet also quick to bring correction and discipline to the rebellious. "
3 Cary W = "As His offspring, given the gift of being grafted into His Tree, seeded with His Sonship in Christ, we can tolerate no other attitude than one of mercy, compassion and love for one another and all living beings."
4 Sara Di Diego = "This is from Revelation 21."
5 Sarah R = "We are called sons and daughters of God not because of our own merits, but because of God's love for us. "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8)."
6 Cary W = "God heal the hearts of the afflicted as well as the tyrants.  All people exposed or involved in war need only forgiveness and mercy to transmute all the pain of violence, that only peace and joy remain."
7 Ben N = "Christians usually pray "in the name of Jesus" or "through Jesus Christ." There are scripture verses which support this practice:John 14:13 "Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son."John 15:16 "...whatever you ask in my name, the Father will give to you.""