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  • Writer's pictureDr. Anthony Lilles

A Prayer for Peace

Under the shadow of the Father's glory, humanity is established in peace—whether as individuals, or families, or whole societies. This is more true and real than all the passing circumstances of this world below, no matter how evil or catastrophic they might become. Under the shade of this glory, Christ purifies and illuminates our whole human experience so that all that is cold and dark is being made radiant with divine warmth. This is the reason for our hope. If we persevere in our hope, this very glory visits us through faith in Jesus with every humble cry for his help. Even when we run out of the right words to say, the Holy Spirit teaches us to express desires that no words can contain, holy desires that the Father longs to fulfill. Rooted in obedience to the Father's Word, such prayer shelters the whole world even as everything in the world falls apart. To learn to pray in this way is to overcome every fear and anxiety, not only in one's own heart, but in the whole world. It is to access a saving mystery that changes hearts and reveals new reasons for hope. It is the prayer that the world is longing for Christians to offer anew. Come Spirit of Peace Holy Comforter and Spirit of Truth Convict us of our indifference Convince us of our sin Let us know again that human misery is not without limits, that the victory of good over evil has already been won. By the Mercy of the Father, Cast down the mighty from their thrones Scatter the proud in their conceit Lift up the lowly By the Blood of Christ, Silence our rancor Overcome our enmity Give courage in the face of tyranny Mercy for the plight of our neighbor Compassion in offering forgiveness Humility in seeking to be forgiven Through the tender courage of Mary's Son Vanquish the oppressor Rescue the oppressed Thwart the violent Under the shadow of Eternal Glory, Protect the vulnerable Calm the anxious Hear the desperate Establish us in peace - Amen.

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