Stop. Prayer time.

I did have a post for today, but when I went to post it this morning I saw all my Facebook friends from the Boston area reassuring us all they were safe. In light of all that’s happened this week, I think it’s time for a virtual moment of silence for the victims (and perpetrators) of violence worldwide. And that’s all of us in one way or another. May we realize it, and may we choose to change the cycle.

I’m posting the Litany of Nonviolence in its entirety of this time. Thank you, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Provident God,
aware of our own brokenness,
we ask the gift of courage
to identify how and where we are in need of conversion
in order to live in solidarity with all Earth’s people.

Deliver us from the violence of superiority and disdain.
Grant us the desire, and the humility,
to listen with special care to those
whose experiences and attitudes are different from our own.

Deliver us from the violence of greed and privilege.
Grant us the desire, and the will, to live simply
so others may have their just share of Earth’s resources.

Deliver us from the silence
that gives consent to abuse, war and evil.
Grant us the desire, and the courage,
to risk speaking and acting for the common good.

Deliver us from the violence
of irreverence, exploitation and control.
Grant us the desire, and the strength,
to act responsibly within the cycle of creation.

God of love, mercy and justice,
acknowledging our complicity
in those attitudes, action and words which perpetuate violence,
we beg the grace of non-violent hearts.
Amen.

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