Preferential Option for the Poor Petitions

For the St. James Community that each day we truly see the poor in our midst and strive to attend to their needs. 
For the St. James Community that we realize that one of the basic needs of the poor is our understanding, compassionate respect.
For  the St. James Community that we truly believe if we love Jesus Christ, we must also love the poor.
For the St. James Community, that we strive to follow the example of the Holy Father and find ways to actively, face to face, attend to the needs of the poor.
For the St. James Community that we renew our understanding of and strive to live the Church's teachings on the Preferential  Option for the Poor.
For the St. James Community that we make actively addressing the needs of the poor a part of our daily lives.
For the St. James Community that we take advantage of the opportunities offered to learn about the poor in our midst, and how to help them.

Preferential Option for the Poor

“There are three types of destitution: material, moral and spiritual. Material destitution is what is normally called poverty, and affects those living in conditions opposed to human dignity: those who lack basic rights and needs such as food, water, hygiene, work and the opportunity to develop and grow culturally. In response to this destitution, the Church offers her help, her diakonia, in meeting these needs and binding these wounds which disfigure the face of humanity. In the poor and outcast we see Christ's face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.” (From the Lenten Message of Pope Francis in 2014)

Consecration to Mary Prayer

Prayer of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mary Virgin of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence
before this image of you that is so dear to us.
We are certain that each of us is precious in your eyes and that nothing of all that lives in our hearts is unknown to you.
We let ourselves be touched by your most sweet regard and we welcome the consoling caress of your smile.
Hold our life in your arms: bless and strengthen every desire for good;
revive and nourish faith; sustain and enlighten hope;
awaken and animate charity; guide all of us along the path of holiness.
Teach us your own preferential love for the little and the poor,
for the excluded and the suffering, for sinners and the downhearted:
bring everyone under your protection and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus.
we join our voice to that of all the generations who call you blessed.
We celebrate in you the works of God, who never tires of looking down with mercy
upon humanity, afflicted with the wound of sin, to heal it and save it.
Accept with the benevolence of a Mother the act of consecration that we perform today with confidence,
[Translation by Joseph Trabbic]