For Father Jacques Hamel. And For Us All.


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:

A Universal Prayer For Peace

O Lord,
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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Prayer Link Here

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