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Peace Prayer

March 20, 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.  Constitution #2
        Today as Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace,
        we build upon a rich heritage.
        Our founding spirit calls us
        to further the work of peace.
        Responding to this call
        we experience our own need
        for continuing conversion
        to gospel values which engender peace.  Constitution #10
Prayer:            I arise today
                        Through the power of the Trinity,
                        Though faith in the threeness,
                        Through trust in the oneness,
                        Of the maker of earth,
                        And the maker of heaven.
                        I gird myself today with the power of God:
                        God’s strength to comfort me,
                        God’s might to uphold me,
                        God’s wisdom to guide me,
                        God’s eye to look before me,
                        God’s ear to hear me,
                        God’s word to speak for me.
                        God’s hand to lead me,
                        God’s way to lie before me,
                        God’s shield to protect me,
                        God’s angels to save me.
                        Christ behind and before me,
                        Christ beneath and above me,
                        Christ around and about me.   
Quiet Reflection
Reading:         From the beginning of the Congregation
                        Joseph was chosen as our patron because he is a model of peace.
                        His courage to live a life of faith inspires us to trust in God’s abiding love,
                        especially in times of struggle and uncertainty.         Constitutions #36
Poem:             Discovery       by Margaret Jane Kling, CSJP
            I journeyed within
            Searching for a symbol of justice
            That would speak to me of peace.
            And I found to my surprise,
            A refugee, a campesino,
            A person poor, simple and quite silent:
            One who dreamed dreams - and believed
            Who responded to the call - and hoped
            Who was led into darkness - and loved.
            I found Joseph, called just
            And the summons, live peace.
Prayer:            God of Peace, You have called us to live the Gospel of Peace in its
                        mission of Justice as Sisters and Associates of the
                        Congregation of St. Joseph of Peace.
                        We hear this call to be people of prayer
                        to realize our interconnectedness
                        to recognize the gift of diversity
                        to stand with all people in our search of justice.
                        We ask you to send your Spirit so that we can
                        continue to respond to your call to service with generosity and joy.
                        May our patron, St. Joseph, inspire us to trust in
                        God’s abiding love and live a life of faith and peace.
                        We pray this in Jesus’ name.  Amen
Quiet Reflection
Poem:             Deep Peace     by Bill Douglas
Deep peace of the running wave to you;
Deep peace of the flowing air to you;
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;
Deep peace of the shining stars to you;                                                                           
Deep peace of the gentle night to you;                                                                                 
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace to you.


Painting of St. Joseph created by Sister Marie Fitzpatrick, OSF


Peace Prayer

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