Prayer for Peace
during this season when many people,
whether they are Christian or not,
act out of goodwill towards others,
our thoughts and prayers turn to peace.
We long for the day when “swords” are turned “into plowshares,”
and “spears into pruning hooks.”
We yearn for the fulfillment of Your prophet Isaiah’s words:
“For every boot that tramped in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for fire.”
As we await the coming of the Prince of Peace,
fill our hearts with Your Peace, and give us the strength
to make peace in Your beloved world.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Father Clemente Barrón, CP, shares his reflection on Peace in English and Spanish. Father Clemente is the Director of Hispanic Ministry for Holy Cross Province.
A Thought for Peace
O God of Life, plant your grace and favor in us this Advent.
Sow your seed. Teach us to rest and be still, and we will rejoice with you in life’s new abundance.
–Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter, pg. 31
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