Cardinal's prayer after mid-day silence


Lord, we bring before you

Those who have been killed and wounded by acts of terror,

Those scarred in mind and body,

Those who live with loss,

Or with the memory of fear.

Be with them in their suffering.

Stand beside these victims

With your gentle arm around them

To support them and give them hope.

Bless those who mourn,

Especially those who grieve

For their children and loved ones;

And comfort them in this darkest hour.

Renew our resolve

That goodness will prevail,

And our determination to preserve

All that we hold precious.

Turn the minds of those

Who seek their aims through terror

To grasp that all life is sacred