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Let us pray to the other saints.

Saint Martin Luther,
you who spoke the truth to ecclesiastical power,
pray for us.

Saint Martin Luther King,
you who spoke the truth to cultural power,
pray for us.

Saint Buddha,
Saint Mohammed,
Saint Lao Tzu,
pray for us.

All you martyrs of the Inquisition,
pray for peace.
All you martyrs of the Holocaust,
pray for peace.
All you Muslim martyrs of the Medieval Crusades,
pray for lasting peace.

Saint Rumi and mystics of every faith,
Saints Black Elk and Sun Bear,
pray for us.
All you holy cabalists, shamans and seers,
pray for us.
All feet upon the shining path,
don’t forget that we’re still here.

Saints Pocahontas and Sacajawea,
teach us to be color blind.
Saints Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Rosa Parks,
teach us to be color blind.
Saints Albert Schweitzer and Dorothy Day and all do-gooders,
teach us to be kind.

Saint Johann Sebastian Bach and Saint John Lennon,
Saint William Shakespeare and Saint Emily Dickinson,
Saint Leonardo da Vinci and Saint Frida Kahlo,
inspire our ears and eyes.

Save us, O Lord, from certainty.
Open our minds to wondering faith.

Save us, O Lord, from cynicism.
Open us to wishful thinking.

Save us, O Lord, from caution.
Open our hearts to excessive love.

Amen.

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