It is too horrible to face, too gruesome to contemplate.
And yet we must.
Father Jacques Hamel’s horrific and brutal murder during early morning church services in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, has deeply shaken us, even as we seem to have grown increasingly numb, increasingly detached, over the past few months.
But we are also reminded that peace – man’s peace, the world’s peace – is temporary if not illusory. Lasting peace continually eludes us.
And so, let us turn now to its genuine, infallible, and eternal source as we seek a peace which the world cannot give:
you love justice
and you establish peace on earth.
We bring before you
the disunity of today’s world;
the absurd violence, and the many wars,
which are breaking the courage
of the peoples of the world;
human greed and injustice,
which breed hatred and strife.
Send your spirit
and renew the face of the earth;
teach us to be compassionate
towards the whole human family;
strengthen the will of all those
who fight for justice and for peace,
and give us that peace
which the world cannot give.
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