PRAY FOR THE HARD TIMES IN THE WORLD

 

O God, author and giver of peace,

in whose image and likeness each of us has been created

with a human dignity worthy of respect on earth

and destined for eternal glory,

Listen to the cry that rises from every corner of this fragile earth,

from our human family torn by violent conflict:

 

Give peace in our time, O good and gracious God,

that peace which, as your son Jesus Christ told us

and as we have experienced in these days,

is a peace which the world cannot give.

 

To world leaders grant the wisdom

to see beyond the boundaries of race, religion, and nation

to that common humanity that makes us all your children

and brothers and sisters to one another.

 

To those who have taken up arms in anger or revenge

or even in the cause of justice

grant the grace of conversion to the path of peaceful dialogue

and constructive collaboration.

 

To the innocent who live in the shadow of war and terror,

especially the frightened children,

be a shelter and strength, their haven and hope.

 

And to those who have already lost their lives

as victims of human cruelty and chemical warfare,

open wide your arms and enfold them all

in the embrace of your compassion, healing, and everlasting life. AMEN

 

Grant this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Mary, Mother of all and Queen of peace, pray for us.

Blessing Sylvester