The invitation read:
The community is invited to gather for a new weekly time of prayer
for those in crisis around the world. We will lift up specific events and
situations of struggle, draw inspiration from the writings and prayers
of diverse faith traditions, and together hold intentions for peace and
justice during a time of silent prayer. All are welcome.
Commenting about this invitation, one individual responded with a prayer:
For all who suffer from sexual discrimination, especially those whose
orientations are persecuted or who are confused about their -- or
others' -- orientations, or also those who deny that orientations even
exist, because even this -- subtle as it is -- or really isn't -- is a form
of persecution, let us pray to Who or Whatever we wish to.....
For something to be humorous, as Rush Limbaugh has observed on many occasions, it must contain a kernel of truth this is extrapolated to its logical ends.
At this Catholic institution of U.S. Catholic higher education, many have observed that offical public prayers at community gatherings never begin with "God our heavenly Father" and never end with "through Christ our Lord."
Perhaps "to Who or Whatever we wish to...." should be adopted as the institution's official formulary for communal prayer.
Let the discussion begin...