Gateway Prayer


Loving God,

lead us beyond ourselves

to care and protect,

to nourish and shape,

to challenge and energize

both the life and the world

You have given us.

God of light and God of darkness,

God of conscience and God of courage

lead us through this time

of spiritual confusion and public uncertainty.

Lead us beyond fear, apathy and defensiveness

to new hope in You and to hearts full of faith.

Give us the conscience it takes

to comprehend what we’re facing,

to see what we’re looking at

and to say what we see

so that others, hearing us,

may also brave the pressure that comes

with being out of public step.

Give us the courage we need

to confront those things

that compromise our consciences

or threaten our integrity.

Give us, most of all,

the courage to follow those before us

who challenged wrong and changed it,

whatever the cost to themselves.



~ by Joan Chittister