Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Prayer for Archbishop Nienstedt

Chris Wogaman, a Christian writer and supporter of C4ME-MN, has written the following prayer in response to Archbishop John Nienstedt's defensive and exclusive "Prayer for Marriage." The Archbishop's prayer, which is intended for use as part of the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass, was issued on Thursday, December 15. For many, it signifies a troubling escalation in the Catholic hierarchy's political activism around the proposed "marriage amendment" to the Minnesota state constitution.


Heavenly Creator,

You have called us into many kinds of loving relationships, among which is that of marriage, a relationship limited to this mortal plane of existence, but not limited in its power to join two people together.

Help us to grow in those relationships that are life-giving in many ways, that animate our hearts and minds as well as parent our next generations, for these relationships bring us closer to you as well as each other.

God, we ask that you bring peace to the hearts of those who are troubled about the love that some people have for one another. Calm our defensiveness with your comforting Spirit, and enlarge our vision, for we can but see through a glass, darkly, the miracles of love you have empowered among us.

We pray through the strong name of Jesus, in whom is the life and light of all humankind. Amen.


  1. Here's another good one for the Archbishop. It's from the Education for Justice website.

    Prayer for Tolerance

    Dear Lord, we who are
    prejudiced at times
    inclined to misunderstanding

    Make us instead
    open to learning
    understanding and forgiving

    May your Spirit be present in us as you are in all peoples.

  2. "Is there so much love in the world that we can afford to discriminate against any kind of love?! ... Never be afraid to love."
    + Fr. Mychal Judge,
    'the Saint of 9/11'

  3. I think we need to pray not only for the Archbishop, but for the Pope. The Holy Spirit needs to come and enlighten them! Jesus would never approve of their attitude towards Gay People! The statement in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that states that
    "all Homosexuals are mentally Ill" is an insult and an affront to the true teaching of Jesus!
    I pray that the next Pope will be enlightened and bring about real changes in the Church!