CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz
CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has asked the faithful of the Diocese to join him in praying for an end to violence.

He stated, “Our nation must seek to end violence and injustice wherever, whenever it occurs. We should reflect on the words of the Psalmist (Psalm 34): ‘Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are directed toward the righteous and his ears for their cry.’ Let us pray for an end to all violence and civil disturbance.” 

Almighty, all-merciful God,
through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another,
to love our neighbors as ourselves,
and even to love our enemies.
In times of violence and fear,
let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,
so that we may not be overcome with evil
but overcome evil with good.
Help us to see each person in light of the love and grace
you have shown us in Christ.
Put away the nightmares of terror
and awaken us to the dawning of your new creation.
Establish among us a future where peace reigns,
justice is done with mercy, and all are reconciled.
We ask these things in the name
and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Prayer from Project Ploughshares)