A Prayer for Murder Victims’ Families

God of merciful love,

Help these families who are victims of murder

To accept the reality of such senseless acts of violence

Without, at the same time,

Succumbing to the despair of so great a loss.

May this violence become for them, instead,

A steppingstone toward greater union with you.

Teach them the forgiveness that was exemplified

By Jesus as he said,

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

And through his redemptive love,

Show your mercy to the perpetrators of these crimes.

Fill the emptiness of their victim hearts

With the fire of your divine love

So as to transform their losses

Into a healing power

For themselves and for our world.


This prayer was written by Maria Hines

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