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Prayer for Peace

O God, you are the source
of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turn
our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of war.

Your power changes hearts.
Muslims, Christians, and Jews remember,
and profoundly affirm,
that they are followers of the one God,
children of Abraham, brothers and sisters;
enemies begin to speak to one another;
those who were estranged
join hands in friendship;
nations seek the way of peace together.

Strengthen our resolve to give witness
to these truths by the way we live.
Give to us:
Understanding that puts an end to strife;
Mercy that quenches hatred, and
Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.

Empower all people to live in your law of love.

Amen.

Published by Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement and reprinted with permission. This prayer and action suggestions are available as a prayer card from Pax Christi USA: http://shop.paxchristiusa.org/shopsite/pax/page7.html or www.paxchristiusa.org. Bulk orders available.

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