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Very necessary for this corruption of customs and this predominance of vice that reign among those with a bad education and for the needs of the Church, which are attended to by the continuous prayer of the children in the oratory, in turn. (Memorial to Card. Tonti, 12).

A few days ago, our General Congregation has called for a week of prayer for peace and justice in Nicaragua and Cameroon. In both places, there are dramatic situations in which the Piarists, in communion with the people, participate in their injustice.

Since the purpose of continual prayer is to attend to the needs of the Church, we propose to you to join our cry to that of so many Piarists who pray to God on behalf of these two countries.

All intercessory prayer is born out of the perception of human weakness and poverty, and out of total trust in God. We do not always find in ourselves an openness to the suffering of others. However, children have a prayerful sensitivity to every human need. Today, we join wholeheartedly in the suffering of so many Cameroonian and Nicaraguan children who have seen aggression, family breakdown, war, abuse, murder and loss of loved ones, poverty, disease, humiliation and contempt erupt in all their violence.

From them, we unite in faith, hope and charity to Jesus Christ. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15, 7). In silence we speak to Jesus about so many children and young people wounded in body or spirit, killed, about their families, about their pain. Jesus emptied himself for them, took on their pain and offers it to the Father, interceding for every human creature.

And so, with few words, with much love and trust, we leave our prayer in the heart of God and the Immaculate Virgin, saying together:

 

We fly to thy protection,

O holy Mother of God.

Despise not our petitions

in our necessities,

but deliver us always

from all dangers

O glorious and blessed Virgin.