Prayer

There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.        

 Thomas Merton

Prayer acknowledges that God is present and active in our lives. God’s work can be discovered in every moment.  On this page you will find reflections, poems, videos designed to lead you into a reflective experience.

  

Loving God,
We so often and for so long hear about the guns and rockets, drones and bombs
We see the pictures of death in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Nigeria, Sudan and South Sudan, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Central African Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala,…

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

So often we hear the weapons and see the blood of mass shootings and gang violence in Los Angeles and Detroit, Minneapolis and Miami, in Denver and Orlando and in 138 other cities, towns and villages across our nation.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

Violence continues hidden in so many homes and families around the world – and the abuse of innocent children….

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

In so many parts of the world today, the air is tense
 with
Waiting, uncertainty, 
insecurity – in North and South Korea, Japan and China, Venezuela….

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest

From ravaged lands, destroyed by war, Your peoples lift their hands to you.
We pray for stillness, for justice, and for peace to come and to last.
 We fear that they will not.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

O God, our maker,
 God of Abraham and Sarah, from whom three great religions stemmed.
 We pray for peace.
We pray for peaceful existence between Israelis and Palestinians, Koreans and Americans, Sunnis and Shiites, Muslims, Jews and Christians.
We pray for negotiations which can reach the roots of historical conflicts with mutual respect and compassion.
We pray for a commitment to human rights by all sides and the protection of all lives.
We pray for effective international intervention to ensure justice for all sides.
We pray for humanitarian aid and rebuilding where destruction has occurred.
We pray for peace and for justice in our homes and city streets.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

We pray for an end to violence, war and senseless death.

Grant us this, peaceful God.
 Grant us a peaceful world. Amen.

 

James E. Hug, S.J.