Saint John Paul II

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.
Amen.

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Romans 12:9-11

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.

Romans 12:9-11

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Feast of Saint Luke

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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.
Amen.

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