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Prayer that Church members won’t be greedy

SAINT LAWRENCE DISTRIBUTING THE TREASURES OF THE CHURCH

Bernardo Strozzi | Public Domain

Philip Kosloski - published on 08/10/21

This prayer invokes the intercession of St. Lawrence, who is the patron of all poor people.

The Catholic Church is sometimes labeled as greedy, and at times members of her clergy don’t help to correct this misunderstanding.

The Church at its core is a Church of the poor, and St. Lawrence displays this most clearly.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there is an event in his life that shows how the poor are to be served above all else.

Ambrose relates that when St. Lawrence was asked for the treasures of the Church he brought forward the poor, among whom he had divided the treasure.

Ever since, St. Lawrence has been seen as a patron of the poor.

Here is a prayer against any type of greed within the Church, that she may always serve the poor with all generosity.

O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them.

Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body.

May we come some day with all those whom we helped on earth to the bright mansions of heaven where we will enjoy the riches of God’s house and the company of the Savior who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

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