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Prayer for Radical Love

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Editor’s Note: As we journey through the sacred season of Lent, our staff, Overseas Lay Missioners, and DC Service Corps volunteers will be compiling a Lenten Litany, each writing a one-line prayer close to their hearts. Today, FMS’ Programs Director Emily Norton shares a prayer for radical love. 


Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

When our thoughts, actions, inactions, policies, and institutions perpetuate racism and discrimination, let us remember Jesus calls us to radical love and liberation. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

La Sagrada Familia and Mama by Kelly Latimore 


That we may be detached from the things of this world in striving for the things that truly matter. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

Through Your light and love, we may find comfort and resilience. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

When I fall into fear and grief instead of embracing Your everlasting love and trusting in the goodness You bring. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
When we don’t give ourselves the grace that Christ has bought for us. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
When I doubt Your desire to heal and restore me. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
May our prayers, and those from around the world, for peace in Ukraine be heard and manifested through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
Light the path of the migrants in the desert, keeping them from harm. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

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Programs Manager Emily Norton has worked at various local, national, and international NGOs, all of which shared her goal of serving marginalized populations and promoting social justice. Latin America holds a special spot in Emily’s heart, and she has studied and served in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, and Ecuador. Her time on mission living simply in an intentional community, focused on ministry of presence, and living in solidarity with the poor was transformational for her. Now she journeys with Franciscan Mission Service lay missioners through the application process, formation, overseas service, and re-entry. Emily is a proud native of Portland, Oregon, and a proud Bucknellian (i.e. she graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA), who loves learning about different cultures, exploring new places, being active and going on spontaneous adventures.