International Day of Peace – September 21st

Monday, September 21st, is the United Nations International Day of Peace.  Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (who was a guest on Stephen Colbert’s great new show the other night) declares:

“I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

Some Catholic resources to use to work and pray for peace:

USCCB: Justice, Peace and Human Development

A Primer on Peace

The True Meaning of Peace

Catholic Peace Fellowship

The Promotion of Peace

And here’s a prayer to offer for the people of brutally war-torn Syria:

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

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