Young Adults of St Francis

For World Peace…

Posted on: March 23, 2011

“Peace is defined as harmony among those who are divided. When, therefore, we end the civil war within our nature and cultivate peace within ourselves, we become at peace.”

-St. Gregory of Nyssa-

“War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.”

-Pope John Paul II-

It’s amazing to see how much turmoil and destruction (even if some are done by nature) there is in the world today. We see it in every means of communication whether it’s on TV, the internet, via email, or even Twitter/Facebook. All we see is one dreadful story after another.

Across the great waters of the world we have sadness and concern in Japan…a continuing civil war in Egypt…violence among Palestinians and Israeli…ongoing violence in Afghan…and the most recent news of destruction in Libyan…But why go so far, when we have a near by concern just across our American border.

Two things that have recently caught attention: an article published and posted about four journalists held captive in Libya. (Because of information in the article, the link to the article has been listed for you instead of being posted on here… http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/world/africa/23times.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&no_interstitial ) The second, being an episode on CNBC about the Drug War in Mexico. (Because of such graphic images in the video, the link has been provided for your viewing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhJmOrfIDaE Since the video is on YouTube, you’ll have to make sure to click/view all four parts of the episode.) It gives a dangerous glimpse of reality-just outside our nation’s southern borders…

Maybe our society has gotten to the point where they don’t want to dwell/view/listen/read such depressing news…and its understandable, yet during these “dark times” in our world, is when our prayers are needed most…

So please take a moment out of your day to give thanks for all that our Lord has provided you; especially for living in a nation where “freedom of speech” is possible and where many possibilities are achievable In America, in particular, a sense of security…

Prayer for the Immaculate Queen of Peace

Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.

We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.

Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.

Yours truly,

A College Student

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