Today’s Prayer

TODAY the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  Today’s prayer is taken from the book of Psalms and words spoken by Pope Saint John Paul II when visiting Israel’s Holocaust museum Yad Vashem.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, ``I have become like a broken vessel. I hear the whispering of many - terror on every side - as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord: I say, 'you are my God.''' (Psalms 31:13-15)

At Auschwitz and many other places in Europe, we are overcome by the echo of the heart-rending laments of so many. Men, women and children, cry out to us from the depths of the horror that they knew. How can we fail to heed their cry? No one can forget or ignore what happened. No one can diminish its scale.

We wish to remember. But we wish to remember for a purpose, namely to ensure that never again will evil prevail, as it did for the millions of innocent victims of Nazism. Amen

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