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Peace Prayer

February 20, 2018
                prepared by Carmel Little, CSJP

      Our call to peacemaking permeates 
      all aspects of our lives together.
      It seeks expression in mutual love and concern.
      It challenges us to accept and share our gifts
      and empower others to do likewise.
      It pervades our prayer and calls us to a life of simplicity and service.   (#15)                                                                                                                 
Reading:       Colossians 12-15
Because you are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with heartfelt mercy,
with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Bear with one another; forgive one another.
Forgive whatever grievance you have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you.
Over all these virtues put on love,
which binds the rest together and makes them perfect.
Christ’s peace must reign in your hearts,
since as members of the one body
you have been called to that peace.
               Make me an instrument of your peace;
               Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
               Where there is injury, pardon;
               Where there is doubt, faith;
               Where there is despair, hope;
               Where there is darkness, light
               Where here is sadness, joy.
Quiet Reflection
Reading:       Thomas Merton

Instead of loving what you think is peace,
love other men and women
and love God above all else.
Instead of hating all the people
you think are warmongers,
hate the appetites and disorders in your own soul
which are the causes of war.      
               Divine Master,
               Grant that I may not so much seek
               To be consoled, as to console;
               To be understood, as to understand;
               To be loved, as to love;
               For it is in giving that we receive,
               It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned;
               It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Quiet Reflection
God, many times we come to you in prayer.
Over and over we ask you to show us how to live,
how to be just, how to love, how to be faithful.

Today we come again.
God, we are a people who long to see your face.
Often, our own actions deny our prayers.
It is easy to say ’Lord, Lord…’
it is much harder to take responsibility for what needs to be done.

Sometimes in our prayers we wish to keep you in church
and not in every part of our lives.
Sometimes, we prefer pious practices rather than 
commitment to the works of justice.

God, help us not to turn our face from human need.
Open our eyes to what we can do personally,
what we can do as a community,
and to what changes need to be made
so that justice is available to everyone. 
                                                  Women’s World Day of Prayer 1990
May Christ’s peace reign in your hearts,
since as members of the one body
you have been called to that peace.

Peace Prayer

"You will hope if God blesses your work to sow the seeds of peace in modern society."

Bishop Bagshawe