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A Litany for Peace In Troubled Times

You say, the times are troublesome, the times are burdensome, the times are miserable. Live rightly and you will change the times. The times have never hurt anyone. Those who are hurt are human beings; those by whom they are hurt are also human beings. So, change human beings and the times will be changed. – Saint Augustine (Sermon 311, 8)

Written by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A.

God our Father

Deliver us

God the Son of the Father

Deliver us

God the Holy Spirit

Deliver us

In these days of trouble, fear, and sorrow

Deliver us

From the despair of shattered hopes

Deliver us

From the violence that seems to fill the world

Deliver us

From those who are planning acts of violence

Deliver us

From the history of violence that corrupts our society

Deliver us

From the greed, thirst for power, and injustices that perpetuate racism, poverty, and conflict

Deliver us

From the temptation to demonize and dehumanize others

Deliver us

From the fear that grows into hatred for those who are different from us

Deliver us

From the desire for revenge that perpetuates a cycle of violence

Deliver us

From all that prevents the flourishing of every human being

Deliver us

From our hope in anything other than you

Deliver us

God of all that is good, loving, and peaceful, have mercy on our broken world, and bestow healing on your people who cry out to you for deliverance. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

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