A Collect to Recognize Abusive Authority

Spirit of the Lord, our great counselor whose wisdom is ever true, share with us your discernment that we would recognize those who seek to lead us only for their own benefit, to steal and abuse us rather than to care for us, and would find those who truly lead as you do, with wisdom and love for those in their charge, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns in heaven with you and the Father. Amen. ‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.’ – John 10:1