Just this week, I have been reminded of how fortunate those of us are who experience the freedom to worship without the fear of reprisal. Probably more on the same theme will follow in further posts, but here is a short meditation for anyone who truly appreciates that freedom - and for those for whom it seems just a dream.
Little Canticle 8
God of liberty, you have bestowed on us in The West a wonderful freedom; we are privileged to enjoy more liberty than most others at any time in the whole of history.
Give us a deep sense of that privilege; show us how to use it to support those who are not free.
Let us bring prayers for all the world's suffering peoples and keep our fellow Christians who cannot worship you openly, constantly before you.
Comfort them in their anguish; strengthen them iagainst their fear.
Protect their friends and their relatives; show them your face; give them your peace.
Other 'Little Canticles', meditations in this format, can be found here