Light a candle, collect your thoughts
and pray for peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Be still, and know that I am God!
Be still, and know that I am.
Be still, and know.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes and prays within us with sighs too deep for words.
Be silent, only the hand of God can remove the burdens
of your heart.
Remember that silence can sometimes be the best answer.
–The Dalai Lama
Meditation is the way to purity of heart, leaving behind all fear and
all limitations and entering, simply into God’s presence.
–John Main, OSB
Every time there is significant growth in our spiritual development all our relationships change-
to God, to ourselves, to other people, and to all creation. We become a new person, as did Mary of Bethany
at the feet of Jesus. From this arises a new kind of activity which might be called “contemplative service.”
Contemplative service is service that comes from the experience of the divine indwelling-
from the Spirit living and at work in us. It is God in us serving God in others.
–Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO
Let us pray….
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the
world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among
them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they
may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn
but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that
all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of
Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and
glory, now and for ever.
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love
our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth:
deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in
your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life.
Every day, pray for peace.