Friday, August 18, 2006

Prayers for Peace

Although there is currently a ceasefire between Hezbollah and Israel, we are still called to pray for peace in this area of the world and for those countries, cities, neighborhoods, and homes where ceasefire seems far off.

Below are some resources for praying for peace that you can download and use in your parishes and homes.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper. A just society must be the achievement of politics, not of the Church. Yet the promotion of justice through efforts to bring about openness of mind and will to the demands of the common good is something which concerns the Church deeply.”
-- Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 28a

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