Prayer For World Peace by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

This is such a beautiful prayer that is so relevant today and which I’m sure a lot of people can relate to. I have this prayer in my heart and hope that the world will eventually come to its senses and see that despite all of our many flaws and differences we are still both fundamentally lost and yet found once we come to understand that we are very much connected as living organisms on this planet and in the universe. Whether we want to believe it or not we must continue to remind ourselves that we are all connected in these ways despite what our hearts and minds might conspire to tell us otherwise, especially during those most trying moments in life. So with this I send my love and healing energies into the universe and to all the souls that will receive it.

Great God, who has told us
“Vengeance is mine,”
save us from ourselves,
save us from the vengeance in our hearts
and the acid in our souls.

Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
to punish as we have been punished,
to terrorize as we have been terrorized.

Give us the strength it takes
to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear,
to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.

We ask, O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes
to care for all the peoples
of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
as well as for ourselves.

Give us the depth of soul, O God,
to constrain our might,
to resist the temptations of power
to refuse to attack the attackable,
to understand
that vengeance begets violence,
and to bring peace–not war–wherever we go.

For You, O God, have been merciful to us.
For You, O God, have been patient with us.
For You, O God, have been gracious to us.

And so may we be merciful
and patient
and gracious
and trusting
with these others whom you also love.

This we ask through Jesus,
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever. Amen

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