Facing the oppressive pictures and news of the war in Europe let us restart with an initiative we had in the past already. It Is the Monday evening prayer for Justice & Peace.
Apart from the current situation in eastern Europe, we all know more or less something about the difficulties and inhuman situations of war, crime, intolerance, violence, and terror in many countries in the world. – But what can we do as simple individuals against it?
One sign can be to come together on each Monday evening over the world for a prayer for justice and peace – if in chapels, churches, on the street, at our work, or at home – where ever we are. In this way, we show that no one is alone. There are more people with you in prayer than you can imagine. Invite family members, friends, neighbors, or someone you know and /or who could be interested and follow this idea. Spend a time of prayer and quietness together and ask the Lord to give peace in all hearts and minds, which are longing for it. Especially for the children, families, and civilians, but also for those soldiers and combatants, which are not of their own will in the battles, but were forced to fight by others.
Even if you’re only a minute in short prayer or intense thoughts here, you are living the communion with God for peace! – Peace is always possible if someone dares the first step. Maybe this prayer can remind us to start it with this easy first step!
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hated, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may no 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 hat we are born into eternal life.
– St. Francis of Assisi
The suffering world needs our prayer!
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