Assisi Province, South India
Loving Lord, our hearts are crying for peace in the world. We hold in confidence and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time of the pandemic. Send forth the breath of your Spirit to blow out the dust of delusions and fill our hollow hearts again with peace. Shower on us the peace that Jesus promised to his disciples and make us steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, wake us up to the reminder that we are not alone. Give us new eyes of faith, new voices of hope and new hearts to love. We pray for Mother Earth, that she may recover from the exhaustion and devastation we have caused her to suffer. May we discover from nature how to resist this coronavirus and how to renew ourselves and our lifestyles while we restore the beauty and diversity of God’s Creation. May we all realize the serenity and splendor of your dwelling among us. Amen.
International Leadership Team
A Prayer for Peace & Calm
May today there be peace within.
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that you are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance.
It is there for each and every one of you.
-Teresa of Avila
Lord, make me an instrument of your holy discomfort
Where there is privilege, let me sow equity,
Where there is violence, let me work for peace,
Where there is division, let me seek unity,
Where there is racism, let me pursue racial justice,
Where there is environmental degradation, let me care for creation,
Where there is political discord, let me seek the common good,
And where there is economic inequality, let me seek justice.
O God of Justice, grant that I may not so much seek comfort,
as to welcome hard truths,
To be heard, as to listen,
To hold power, as to empower,
To seek control, as to follow,
For it is in humility, that we learn,
It is in seeking forgiveness, that we are reconciled,
And it is in dying to self, that we are born to new life.
By Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD
Dear Lord, Please pour your love onto a hurting world
Whether it’s pain or depression
Or just pure happiness and bliss
Let peace rule in our lives, families, lands, nations and universe
We desire and pray
The one voice that everyone has been waiting for
Only love and peace
That will change the world.
Lord, Whisper to us the one voice
“You shall go out in joy and be led back in peace.” (Isaiah 55:12) Amen.
Lord, the Source of peace, after your resurrection you have wished the Apostles your peace. As the world is advancing to technology and modernization it is losing peace and harmony. Lord Jesus, you called our patron St. Francis to bring peace to the Church and to the world. At present we are called to have the same mission to bring the peace and harmony to this broken world and to the individual. Fill our hearts and our lives with your Holy Spirit so that we may awake to hear the cry of the people who are in need of peace. Enable us to come out of our selfishness and lead a life of generosity, love and peace. Let us be ambassadors of peace and love. Amen.
Out of the depth of chaos,
We cry to you, o Lord, God of peace,
Out of the depth of suffering,
We cry to you, o Lord, God of mercy,
Out of the depth of fear,
We cry to you, o Lord, God of love.
Loving God, hear our voice
As we call for peace in our confused world.
Enlighten our mind
To learn your manners of making peace,
To console those
Who suffer for justice.
Loving God, we are asking:
Send your Holy Spirit
To guide us into the journey of peace
Which you have started –
A peace that this world cannot give. Amen
Based on a prayer by Nazik Khalid Matty