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.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dan O’Donnell shares his reflections on the readings for today. Dan is a Passionist Partner and a longtime friend of the Passionists. He lives in Chicago.
A Thought for Peace
O Creative, Working God who forms us in beauty,
help us to see patterns of your love in our ordinary, regular lives this Advent.
–Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter, pg. 33
Call to Action:
Reflect: On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception name one way you can mirror Mary’s willingness and courage?