Prayer for World Peace
by Joan D. Chittister, OSB
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 as 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,
the 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
with these others who you also love.
This we ask through, Jesus
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever. Amen.
When people talk about war I vow with all beings to raise my voice in the chorus and speak of original peace.
— Robert Aitken
Be peace, don’t just talk about it.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
The God of peace is never glorified by human violence.
— Thomas Merton
The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace.
— Colman McCarthy
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present instant. Take peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take joy.
— Fra Giovanni
War will stop when we no longer praise it, or give it any attention at all. Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited.
— Alice Walker
If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed — but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
— Mahatma Gandhi
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of all the world and to the community for which it stands: one people loved into existence by God, breathing an indivisible air, warmed by a sun that shines on good and bad alike, kept alive by rain that falls on the just and unjust. I commit myself to spend my life for this world for liberty and justice for all. Amen.
— Mary Evelyn Jegen
May we look upon our treasure, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try to discover whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.
— John Woolman (1774)
Anyone can love peace, but Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed are the peace-lovers.” He says “peacemakers.” He is referring to a life vocation, not a hobby on the sidelines of life.
— Jim Wallis
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
— St. Francis of Assisi
I tell you one thing — if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.
— Sri Sarada Devi
My personal vocation is to be a pilgrim of peace . . . We, as Christians, are on the side of nonviolence and this is in no way an option for weakness and passivity. Opting for nonviolence means to believe more strongly in the power of truth, justice, and love than in the power of wars, weapons, and hatred.
— Dom Helder Camera
We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves. World Peace must develop out of inner peace.
— The Dalai Lama
There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
— A. J. Muste
I’m a nonviolent soldier. In place of weapons of violence, you have to use your mind, your heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available to you because no one has the right to take the life of another human being.
— Joan Baez
Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow the seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present.
— Mairead Corrigan Maguire
The job of the peacemaker is to stop war, to purify the world, to get it saved from poverty and riches, to heal the sick, to comfort the sad, to wake up those who have not yet found God, to create joy and beauty wherever you go, and to find God in everything and in everyone.
— Muriel Lester
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
— Albert Einstein
We know that peace is only possible when it is the fruit of justice. True peace is the result of the profound transformation affected by nonviolence which is, indeed, the power of love.
— Perez Esquivel
Violence obliterates anybody who feels its touch.
— Simone Weil
As peacemakers we must resist resolutely all the powers of war and destruction and proclaim that peace is the divine gift offered to all who affirm life.
— Henri J. M. Nouwen
The life of “peace” is both an inner journey toward a disarmed heart and a public journey toward a disarmed world. This difficult but beautiful journey gives infinite meaning and fulfillment to life itself because our lives become a gift for the whole human race. With peace as the beginning, middle, and end of life, life makes sense.
— John Dear
Let us pray for our fellow men and women whose pain and misery come to us everyday in the newspaper’s, on television and face to face;
* for the million’s in this world starving to death
* for those without adequate shelter
* for those who lack clothing
* for those whose human right’s are ignored
* for all who suffer from illness
* for refugee’s who have had to flee their homeland
* for all who are chronically homeless
* for all who have lost hope
* for those who live with mental illness
* for those who do not know that they are loved by Jesus
* for the unity of the Christian Church
* and for peace and justice in our troubled world
Someone said once when we pray we ought to have a bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.
May today there be peace within…
May you trust your heavenly Father that you are exactly where you are meant to be…
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith…
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you…
May you be content knowing you are a child of God…
Lat His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance,and bask in the sun…
It is there for everyone of you
St.Theresa of Avila