O loving God,
We ask your blessing,
on all monastic men and women,
especially those who live and work
in the most destitute parts of the world.
Help us to become people of prayer and peace.
May we be visible signs that strangers
can live together in God's love.
Give us hearts wide enough to welcome
the traveler, the outcast, the neighbor.
Enable us to listen to and learn from
the people we serve, especially the poorest.
May out communities be models of wise stewardship,
of dignified human labor, of sacred leisure,
and of reverence for all living things.
Above all, O God, may a monastic presence
in the world be a constant witness of justice,
compassion and hope to all. Amen.
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