Prieres - 25 mars 2017

fr - Fourth Sunday of Lent and Gospel Nonviolence

Prayer

Lord of Peace, we come to You in our need.

Create in us an awareness of the massive forces of violence and terrorism that threaten our world today.

Grant us a sense of urgency to activate the forces of goodness, of justice, of love and of peace in our communities.

Where there’s armed conflict, let us stretch out our arms to our brothers and sisters.

Where there’s abundance and luxury, let there be simple lifestyle and sharing.

Where there’s poverty and misery, let there be dignified living and constant striving for just structures.

Where there’s selfish ambition, let there be humble service.

Where there’s injustice, let there be humble atonement.

Where there’s despair, let there be hope in the Good News.

Where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness.

Where there are lies and deceit, let your Truth set us free.

Where there are thoughts of vengeance, let there be healing and forgiveness.

Help us to be committed to the Gospel of peace.

In spite of differences in faith traditions and ethnic roots, teach us Your spirit of mercy and compassion.

For it is only in loving imitation of you, Lord of Peace, that we can discover the healing springs of life that will bring about new birth to our earth a new era of peace and a new harmony among all, forever and ever. Amen.

–“Oratio Imperata for Peace” issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and prayed in all parishes during the month of March 2015, after a massacre on January 25 in Mamasapano, on the island of Mindanao.