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Lenten Litany: Prayer to See God’s Presence

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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, Overseas Lay Missioner Mari Snyder, who serves on the U.S.-Mexico border, shares a prayer to see and know God’s presence.


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

May we see and know You are present with us in new ways this Lenten season … in creation, in community, in our hearts. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

May we be able to experience your unconditional love and mercy during this sacred season of Lent. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
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.
 
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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Mari Snyder, an Overseas Lay Missioner in formation, was introduced to the Franciscan charism that deepened her Catholic faith during her college years at St. Bonaventure University and Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Community in Western New York. A native of Scranton, Pa., Mari has lived and worked in the Washington D.C. and suburban Maryland area for more than twenty years. She began her career in sales and public relations, which grew to a global leadership role in corporate social responsibility with a focus on human trafficking prevention, sustainability, and youth employability. Most recently, Mari was in leadership with a small, dynamic nonprofit where she launched an economic empowerment program and worked directly with human trafficking survivors. She currently serves with FMS as a missioner on the US-Mexico border.