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I work as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in the DC area. My teaching focuses in various ways on writing, poetry, Spirituality and Christian vocation and ministry - especially from the point of view of the laity. I also offer classes and retreats encouraging people to explore their inner lives, engage their creativity and reflect on their beliefs about God, vocation, and how we can discern and pursue new ways to transform our broken world. I enjoy speaking of faith in the secular academy as well as reminding those preparing for ministry in the Church that our primary purpose is to love and serve the world beyond the church's doors. I love helping people to grow in faith and to find their own voices, and I also love encouraging them to use their minds. I see no contradiction between these impulses, believing as I do that faith, reason and creativity work together.

Litany of Prayers for Justice - inspired by the Women's March

A Litany of Prayers inspired by the Women's March Manifesto (January 2017)
by Kathy Staudt

O God our Creator, you made us male and female in your image and love us as we are.  We ask your blessing on all who are marching today to declare that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.  Grant that this message may guide those who now have the power to shape our nation’s policies, and keep us steadfast in upholding the dignity of all.
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

O Holy One, you call us to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with you.  We pray for Economic Justice in our society and throughout the world.  Help us to work for a world in which all women may all be able to care for and nurture their families unhindered by culture and structures of control.  Guide and inspire our leaders, we pray, and give us energy and determination to seek economic justice for all.
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

Oh loving One, who yearns to gather us together as a mother hen broods over her children: you grieve with those who are victims of violence and judge those who inflict such violence.  Give us grace to work diligently for the elimination of all violence, and especially to create a world where all women and girls are safe from physical violence, rape and exploitation.
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

Loving Creator, you delight in the diversity of all the peoples of the earth and call us to seek justice for all.  Have mercy on all victims of our broken criminal justice system, and especially on people of color who are disproportionately affected, for those who are incarcerated and threatened by police violence and by gang violence.  Give us courage to dismantle the “school to prison pipeline” that puts incarceration before education, and funnels our children  - especially children of color, queer and trans youth, foster care children, boys and girls, into the justice system.
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

O God of healing and wholeness,  We pray for a society that promotes Gender Justice, giving equal access to non-judgmental, comprehensive healthcare  for all gender identities, and full reproductive choice for all women, regardless of their wealth or poverty or the state they live in.   Give us the heart and the courage to work diligently for equal justice in all aspects of health care.
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice.

We pray for justice in employment, for equal pay for equal work for women,  for the just and equitable treatment of all caregivers, for a living wage for all workers, and for the work of unions and others who work in solidarity for the rights of workers.
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice.

We pray for vigilance in the protection of the Civil Rights of all, gained through the struggle of so many.  Keep us strong in our resistance to any threat to voting rights, to the rights of free speech, freedom of worship, and protections for all, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation,gender identity, age, or disability. 
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

God of compassion, you have brought so many of us safely to these shores, and you have blessed this nation with the gifts of immigrants from all over the earth.  Keep us vigilant in compassion, that this may be a nation that preserves the rights of all immigrants and that welcomes migrants fleeing from crisis-ridden parts of the world.   Help us to know that no human being is “illegal,” but all of us are your children, brothers and sisters in your love
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

O God, you have given us this good earth to tend and steward.  Grant us strength and determination, in the days ahead, to work diligently for the protection of our environment, that everyone may have access to clean air and clean water and to the enjoyment of public lands.  Preserve us from the greed and shortsightedness of the few, and guide us to become a nation mindful of the gift of our natural resources and committed to the health of “this fragile earth, our island home.”
Guide us and strengthen us, O God of love and justice

Lord Jesus, in this time of transition and division in our nation, we pray for strength to be true to your calling to us, that we may persevere in prayer and learning, in resisting evil, in repenting and returning to you whenever we fall short.   We pray for wisdom to discern your will, and grace to proclaim the Good News of your saving love for all races, nations, and genders, to seek and serve You in all people, and to strive unceasingly for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being.  Help us to remember, in the words of your servant St. Teresa, that
You have no body now on earth but ours,

No hands, no feet on earth but ours.
Help us to know that ours are the eyes through which You look compassion on this world.
Ours are the feet with which you walk to do good. Let ours be the hands through which you bless all the world. 

Ours are the hands, ours are the feet, ours are the eyes.  We are your body.

Help us to be Your body, your presence, bearing the lght of hope for this struggling world.

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