Empty Plate

Prayer Spaces at Home and a Prayer for justice

Think of your favourite food.  Filling your plate with delicious food is something that makes us strong and happy. Yet there are people who are so poor that they hardly have enough to feed themselves and their families. Let us think of these people who will eat very little or not at all today because there is so much injustice in the world. 

This prayer space is called Empty Plate.

You will need:

  • A printout of the place-mat template or a cardboard plate
  • Colours or any other painting materials or pictures of your favourite food,
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Biros or pencils 


  1. Think of your favourite food and of all the food you will be eating during the day.
  2. Stick or draw pictures of your favourite foods on the paper plate.
  3. Now imagine you are one of those children who will receive no food today. How do you feel?
  4. Be grateful for what you have and pray for world justice.
  5. Find a comfortable place, close your eyes and pray so that no person will need to be hungry again

How to use this space

God speaks to us in many ways, including through prayer at home. Here you will find useful background and activities to better understand how to pray, helping you to connect with God in your daily life in a meaningful way.