vendredi 24 décembre 2010

Prayer for Peace

Almighty and merciful God, Father of all men, Creator and ruler of the universe,
 Lord of all history, whose designs are without blemish, whose compassion for
 the errors of men is inexhaustible, in your will is our peace.

 Mercifully hear this prayer which rises to you from the tumult and desperation
 of a world in which you are forgotten, in which your name is not invoked,
 your laws are derided and your presence is ignored. Because we do not 
know you, we have no peace.

 From the heart of an eternal silence, you have watched the rise of empires
 and have seen the smoke of their downfall. You have witnessed the impious 
fury of ten thousand fratricidal wars, in which great powers have torn whole 
continents to shreds in the name of peace and justice.

 (...) Grant light, grant strength and patience to all who work for peace.
 But grant us above all to see that our ways are not necessarily
 your ways, that we cannot fully penetrate the mystery of your
 designs and that the very storm of power now raging on this earth 
reveals your hidden will and your inscrutable decision.

 Grant us to see your face in the lightning of this cosmic storm,
 O God of holiness, merciful to men. Grant us to seek peace where
 it is truly found. In your will, O God, is our peace. 


Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
, Prayer for Peace

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