Flight Into Egypt by Henry Tanner (see the Prayer for Refugees, below)
Every month the Vatican announces an intention for which the pope asks all to pray.
Here's the pope's intention for August:
are forced to leave their homes and country
may be supported by Christians
in the defense and protection of their rights.
Here's the American Bishops' Prayer for Refugees:
make your loving presence felt to refugees,
torn from home, family and everything familiar.
Warm, especially, the hearts of the young, the old,
and the most vulnerable among them.
Help them know that you accompany them
as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
in their exile to Egypt.
Lead refugees to a new home and a new hope,
as you led the Holy Family
to their new home in Nazareth.
Open our hearts to receive them
as our sisters and brothers
in whose face we see your son, Jesus.