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
International Leadership Team
New Beatitudes for our Times
Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils
inflicted on them by others
and forgive them from their heart.
Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the
abandoned and marginalized
and show them their closeness.
Blessed are those who see God in every person
and strive to make others also discover God.
Blessed are those who protect
and care for our common home.
Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort
in order to help others.
Blessed are those who pray
and work for full communion between Christians.
All these are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness,
and surely, they will receive from God their merciful reward.
May you be at peace,
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed,
May you be a source of healing for all beings.
Lord God, Mother and Father, you are our peace. Look at our world tormented and damaged by violence, fear and insecurity. Comfort the pain of all who suffer. Give wisdom in the decisions of those who govern us, and touch the hearts of those who forget that we all are humans and cause suffering and death; give them the gift of dialogue. Protect our families, our children and youth, our peoples and communities, because as disciples and responsible citizens of our common homeland, we know we need to be promoters of peace, reconciliation and justice so that in You, the world can have abundant and dignified life. Amen
Assisi Province, South India
I need your peace.
Won’t you come to my heart?
Won’t you set me free?
I am declaring my trust in you.
And I am asking you to
Take control of my life.
Pour out your Peace.
Pour out your Joy.
Pour out your Sprit.
You’re the only one
Who can calm my fears.
And end my fretful behavior.
Wash us, clean us, cover us,
Fill us, strengthen us,
By the Blood of Christ.
Mercy and peace come forth,
To heal the wounds between us
And listen to one another.
Begin with me dear God,
Let the change happen in me,
Give me strength, give me peace.
Lord you be my Peace, Amen.
St. Francis Province, North India
Peace prayer for the world
Dear God, You are the sovereign ruler of the world. You are Lord over natural calamities, over nations in turmoil and terrorist plots, over starving children and fleeing refugees and prisoners. You control everything. There is nothing you can’t do. O Jesus, bring an end to violence, hatred and discord. Bring justice to the downtrodden and abused and hope to the hopeless. Lord of all, help us to see your face in the faces of the people around us. Give us courage to love one another, give us compassion for those who are unlike us. Heal the hatred in the world around us by healing our own hearts first. O loving Jesus Christ, you have said to your apostles, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.” Lord, we pray for the power to be kind, merciful and gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding and the endurance to accept the whole tribulations and struggles as your will. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfil your will. Fill us, Lord, with your love of peace that we may spread your peace with full vigor and enthusiasm among the people of God. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen