St. John Paul II
Prayer for Peace
by Saint John Paul II
O God, Creator of the universe,
Who extends Your paternal concern
over every creature
and guides the events of history
to the goal of salvation,
we acknowledge Your fatherly love
when You break the resistance of mankind
and, in a world torn by strife and discord,
You make us ready for reconciliation.
Renew for us the wonders of Your mercy;
send forth Your Spirit that He may
work in the intimacy of hearts,
that enemies may begin to dialogue,
that adversaries may shake hands
and peoples may encounter
one another in harmony.
May all commit themselves to the
sincere search for true peace
which will extinguish all arguments,
for charity which overcomes hatred,
for pardon which disarms revenge.
Lord, our God,
help us to walk with You
on the pathway of the beatitudes
and to live out Your mission
in today’s world.
Bind us to all men and women
of our time so that together
we may bring the Good News
to the ends of the earth.
Open our hearts and our Christian communities
to the needy, the afflicted, the oppressed.
May we radiate the Living Christ
and transform our lives
in the hope of the Resurrection.
This prayer we make to You
who are the living God
now and forever.
St. Luke, by Titian, first half of 16th century
Prayer to Saint Luke
Most wonderful Saint Luke,
you were animated by the Heavenly Spirit of Love.
In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus,
you also showed His Divinity
and His genuine compassion for all human beings.
May the Holy Spirit, instructor of the faithful,
help me to understand Christ’s words
and faithfully apply them in my life.