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Peace Prayer

July 17, 2018
                prepared by Carmel Little, CSJP


Christ is our peace, the source of our power. United with him we engage in the struggle against the reality of evil
and continue the work of establishing God’s reign of justice and peace.               #2
I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution.
But take courage; I have conquered the world!               John 16:33
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.               John 14:27
God of our birth and all creation, we thank you for the amazing gift of life.    

Help us to treasure all life and to work toward ending violence.
Give us courage to go where you go and to stand with all people afflicted by war.
Grant hope and renewed strength to all who suffer from war.                                      
            Response: God of peace, grant us your peace.
God of strength, we pray for the women in counties broken by war and violence who are
       subjected to a lot of pain and suffering - mothers who lose their sons, wives their husbands,
       daughters their fathers, families torn apart, and the many women who have to shoulder heavy burdens alone.
We pray that you will hold these women close to you when they are in despair and pain.   
            Response: God of peace, grant us your peace.
God of love and care, embrace the children of the world with your loving and healing touch.
We pray that all children may have the chance to dream of the future and experience security and peace.
We pray that they may have an opportunity to enjoy the right of being a child.
When they are scared and tremble in fear, O God, hold them tight in your embrace. 
            Response: God of peace, grant us your peace.

Quiet Reflection

Reading:        Imagine a World
Where governments respect the rights of all their citizens
and settle disputes by the rule of law for the common good.
Where all people have food, shelter and access to medical care,
and children are born into and raised by healthy families and communities.
Where literacy and education for all are accomplished facts.
Where economic practices create well-being for all stakeholders,
including communities and the environment.
Where beauty, the arts, and media
inspire the best in people.
Where the benefits of science and technology
enhance all circles of life.
Where tolerance and appreciations of diverse religious beliefs is the rule,
spiritual practice is encouraged, and reverence for life fostered.
Where the earth in all her natural beauty is treasured
and its resources utilized sustainably, for this and future generations.
This is a World at Peace… You are a pathway to peace. 
Quiet Reflection
God of wisdom, we pray that you may help government officials and country leaders
understand that violence cannot and will not end violence. Help the leaders of nations
make decisions which promote life and peace on earth; let them seek justice, love mercy
and walk humbly before you. 
            Response: God of peace, grant us your peace.
God of creation, we pray for the environment that is destroyed and plundered during war and
through our lack of reverence and concern.  We pray for the preservation and protection
of the whole of creation.
            Response: God of peace, grant us your peace.
God of all nations, we pray for your presence among the people in all parts of our world that are
suffering the effects of war and violence.  Fill every heart with your love and mercy.
Challenge our understanding of justice and peace and encourage us to act in your way. 
God, grant the whole world peace.
            Response: God of peace, grant us your peace.
May God bless us with peace. May God uphold us with grace.
May God send us into the world to overcome violence in all that we do.

Peace Prayer

"We must be signs of hope and healing in the midst of the cultural reality in which we find ourselves."

Ann Rutan, CSJP