On the day of prayer and fasting for peace for South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, called by Pope Francis, we offer up this prayer:
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence.
A new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspirationand the power to fulfill the destiny, for which we and all men were created.
(Prayer for World Peace, 1978)