Our Journey of Peace
“Because of our God’s deep compassion, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path of peace.”Luke 1:78-79
The theme of peace points to the core of the Gospel. Jesus is the peace between us. The division between the Jews and the Gentiles has been broken. Jesus has reconciled all to himself. But still divisions reign: Nations at war, rich and the poor, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, company rivals, urban and rural areas, neighbors on the block, kids on their sports teams … and the list goes on. Resisting the fascination of all forms of violence is a task to undertake. Our prayer must ask God to help us resist violence and guide us to live with love.
Forgive. Accept. Listen. Mercy. What is your calling today? What is your vision of the world? Where will it lead you?
During this week, the Loretto Community will pray for peace. In particular, we will pray for a peaceful transition of power on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. We invite you to join us as we pray for racial, immigration and environmental justice; Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and our nation.
Almighty God, who are mother and father to us all,
Look upon your planet Earth divided.
Help us to know that we are all your children,
That all nations belong to one great family,
And all of our religions lead to you.
Multiply our prayers in every land
Until the whole Earth becomes your congregation,
United in your love,
Sustain our vision of a peaceful future
And give us strength to work unceasingly
To make that vision real. Amen.
We give you glory, thanks and praise.
O bless our works and guide our ways.