Prayer for Places to Call Home

On World Refugee Day, June 20, we take time to remember the strength, courage, and resilience of the millions forced to flee their homes by violence of every kind. Today, more than 50 million people are displaced by war and violence, some 33.3 million in their own country and 16.7 million as refugees, mostly in neighboring countries. Every 15 minutes a family is forced to flee their homeland.

We pray for roofs that safely shelter refugees.
We pray for walls that offer security for refugees.
We pray for rooms in which the dignity of refugees can flourish.
We pray for the beauty of nature to restore the broken hearts of refugees.
We pray for communities that celebrate the presence and gifts of refugees.
Hear our prayers, Joseph Mary and Jesus.
Help us see you in all those who have had to flee their lands.
Grant all refugees the grace and support to rebuild their homes and their lives. Amen.