Thomas Merton: Teach Us To Understand Ourselves And Our Adversary


On April 18, 1962, during Holy Week – at a time when the United States was contemplating the resumption of nuclear testing – Connecticut Representative Frank Kowalski rose to offer his colleagues a simple prayer for the preservation of mankind.
That prayer, submitted upon unanimous consent, became an official part of the Congressional Record (you can follow that link to find the entire prayer).
That this retired Colonel understood issues surrounding war and peace, both, is manifest. He served in the European Theater during WWII, and later as the Chief Military Governor of Kyoto, Japan (1948-1949). 
The simple prayer that Kowalski offered was written, at his request, by Thomas Merton (excerpted below)


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