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A Peace Prayer for Norway and the World

July 23, 2011

I know that we are all grieving the horrendous attacks in Norway yesterday. I found that this site and two others I’ll post in a few minutes, expressed some of what is in my own heart.

Posted on July 22 by Daniel P. Horan, OFM, on his blog Dating God: Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century:

As so many suffer in Oslo, Norway this day, victims of violence in our world, the Church, which is the Body of Christ, can come together to pray for our sisters and brothers in the human family. No amount of consoling words, retributive promises or military action will make up for the senseless loss of life, but we know that our prayers do not go unheard and that grieving hearts seek peace. In this moment of suffering and pain, perhaps we can find some hopeful assurance in a world where hatred is replaced with love, injury is replaced with forgiveness and despair is overcome by hope. For all those who seek words to express the emotional maelstrom of fear and loss, I offer you an alternative setting to the famous peace prayer that has been for so long associated with Francis of Assisi. Even though he was not in fact its author, it expresses much that he demonstrated with his life and the approach to Gospel life that bears his name.

Lord Jesus Christ,
make us people of your peace;
in the furrows plowed by hate,
let us sow love;
Let us bathe the injured with Mercy;
be sign of faith to the doubting;
open the door for the desperate;
strike a light in the darkness;
and teach the sad to laugh again.

Lord Jesus Christ,
grant that we may not so much grasp at being consoled
as to console;
at being understood
as to understand;
at being loved
as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in forgiving that we are forgiven,
and it is in dying that we are free to live.


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