We are saddened to see the social unrest that continues to plague our country and communities.
At this time, be sure to take a moment for yourself to process what is going on. Think those affected and have a moment of silence. Think of your daily life and ways your actions can help created a better world.
During this quiet time, take a moment to read this adapted prayer from Pope Francis regarding last week’s events. Reflect on his powerful words.
Lord God of peace hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried!
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: “Never again violence!” “With violence everything is lost.” Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace. Enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of violence into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “violence” be banished from the heart of every man and woman.
Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother,” “sister” and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!
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