Spirit of Justice,
Break open our hearts.
Break them wide open.
Let anger pour through
Like strong storms,
Cleansing us of complacency.
Let courage pour through
Like spring storms,
Flooding out fear.
Let zeal pour through
Like blazing summer sun,
Filling us with passion.
Force of justice, grant me
Anger at what is,
Courage to do what must be done,
Passion to break down the walls
Of injustice
And build a land flowing
With milk and honey
For God's beloved.
God's special love.
God's poor ones.

Spirit of Justice,
Break open our hearts.


Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, is a feminist peace activist and the author of Between Two Souls: Conversations with Ryokan (Eerdmans, 2004).


• Say this as a morning prayer, once a week. Choose a line or phrase for lectio divina.

• Record your daily reflections in your prayer journal. Review these insights at the end of six months or a year.

Frances Sheridan Goulart, Mary Lou Kownacki in God Has No Religion: Blending Traditions for Prayer by Frances Sheridan Goulart