Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication
that does not build communion.
Help us to remove the venom from our judgments.
Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world.
Where there is shouting, let us practice listening.
Where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony.
Where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity.
Where there is exclusion, let us bring solidarity.
Where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety.
Where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions.
Where there is prejudice, let us bring respect.
Where there is falsehood, let us bring truth. Amen.
May we be blessed by the God of PEACE
who stills the heart that quakes with
fear or doubt or confusion.
May we discover our peace in the
“God-seed” of our own being
and in the flowering of our inner goodness.
May the warmth of our peace bring calm
to those who tremble in fear and uncertainty.
May the blessing of PEACE be on us!
~ from Blessing Upon Blessing by Maxine Shonk, OP
You have created a wonderful world for us.
Help us to know how to live from your generosity
and how to integrate our life in harmony and peace.
Take our life and allow us to live this day serenely.
Open our minds to positive thinking.
Take away from us any bad feelings.
Free us from grudges and resentment.
Make us capable of feeling joy, love and compassion.
Help us to accept things as they are,
to accomplish our daily tasks,
to give freedom with love.
Give us the peace that the peoples in the world need,
the one that the world cannot give,
and help us to build that peace as a fruit of Justice and Truth.
We confide our request to Mother Mary,
that You please send us your Holy Spirit,
to reconcile hearts and peoples.
That the Kingdom of Love may come to us,
to confirm that you are present among us,
until the end of times. Amen.
Holy Babe of Bethlehem,
Beacon of love and peace,
Be born in us anew,
Bring thy peace,
That the shepherds proclaim;
The kings implore,
Enkindle our weary hearts,
With thy everlasting love,
At the morning gleam,
Twinkles on the dew drops.
To be a leading star that leads,
The abandoned to peace and harmony,
When defeat creep in,
To steal our soul’s serenity,
When we are caught in,
Throbbing darkness and despair,
May your spark of peace,
Make others see your glory,
Sovereign ruler, Prince of Peace,
Reign in our heart forever.
Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A Plea for Peace
Almighty Breath of Life!
There is so much discord in the world.
The wars that rage on this earth fill us with fear. We feel helpless in the face of this cruelty. Please send the power of your peace into the hearts of all those involved in the fighting. Help us overcome hatred and violence and give us the courage for reconciliation. Please help the injured and the families of those killed in the wars. Give them the strength they need at this time to deal with the loss of their loved ones. Gift them with people who will be there for them and listen to them in their grief. Let your kingdom of heaven descend upon us in the midst of all the suffering and give us more peace. Amen
(by Olaf Jan Schmidt-Wischhöfer)
God, give us a pure heart that understands what peace means.
Let us comprehend what your peace is.
Only then will we be able to be peacemakers in our world.
Give us your grace, so that we will not be defeated by inaction, indifference or fear.
Let us be wide awake and take a stand for peace.