Holy Lord, your Son Jesus suffered on the cross, and we know that no one in this world can escape suffering. Yet the cross is a suffering that we may or may not choose. It is a free decision which is a sign of Jesus love bearing witness of God’s love in our hearts. Help us to choose the cross in our daily living so that the very love of God is shared with others freely and openly. We pray for your blessing on the National Gathering of Via de Cristo that is happening today in a webinar, for the delegates and their respective secretariats, as well as all the visitors who attend. In his holy name we pray, Amen.