“A New Peace Prayer”


In January, Pope Francis delivered a paraphrase of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. I have copied it below, and will be writing a series of blog posts in response to it over the next couple of weeks.

"Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication 
 that does not build communion.
Help us to remove venom from our judgements.
Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
You are faithful and trustworthy;
  may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
  where there is shouting, let us practice listening;
  where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
  where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
  where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
  where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
  where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
  where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
  where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
  where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.

6 thoughts on ““A New Peace Prayer”

  1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I have been praying to St. Francis how can I continue to follow his Peace prayer. This may be the answer to my prayers. Perpetua


  2. This is so beautiful. For skeptics, agnostics, cynics and believers alike, this prayer touches the core of our human existence. It inspires us to be humane, tolerant and to be a better people.


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