“Lord, make us instruments of your peace.” A Prayer for the World Day of Peace

Many thanks to the School Sisters of Saint Francis of the Saint Francis Center for Renewal for sharing this lovely prayer for the Day of Peace. They will be holding a  prayer vigil this evening at 7:00 p.m.
Peace Image
Loving God, 
you inspire us with love for all persons
and concern for the well-being of all creation.
Give us today the strength and courage
to transform the compassion of our hearts
into acts of peace, mercy, and justice.
Forgive us for the arrogance 
that leads to moral blindness,
for desires for vengeance and retaliation,
and for willingness to sacrifice others
 for our own security and avarice.
Help us to renounce all forms of violence:
prejudice, unfair allegations,
 intolerance, and injury.
Give us the courage 
to resist threatening postures,
calls to arms, mobilization of troops 
and weapons,
 and all actions that threaten 
the lives and livelihoods of innocent people.
Empower us to live out the caring presence
of the merciful and generous persons 
we claim to be.
Make us channels of your peace, 
bearers of healing,
women and men 
who hear and respond with alacrity
to pleas for justice in our world.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus
Who came among us to show us the way.
Prayer for Peace
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas