Tuesday, December 12, 2017
   
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The Task of Making Peace: transforming the world from within

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle;
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding to what we believe to be right.

May we put our trust
in the power of good to overcome evil
and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see
and the faith to believe in a world
emancipated from violence,
a new world where fear shall no longer
leads humanity to commit injustice,
nor selfishness make us bring suffering to others.

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 fulfill the destiny for which we
and all humanity were created.

 
—Week of Prayer for World Peace, 1978
 
Artwork by Sister Mary Doreen Smith

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