One year ago, on December 13th, the five members of the Disarm Now Plowshares were found guilty of multiple charges associated with their 2009 Plowshares action. In honor of their collective sacrifices for peace we share this Prayer for Peace, adapted by Fr. Steve Lantry, SJ.
To You, Creator of nature and humanity, Author of all truth and beauty, we pray:
Hear our voices, for they are the voices of all prisoners of conscience.
Hear our voices, for they are the voices of the victims of all wars and violence
among nations and individuals.
Hear our voices, for they are the voices of all innocent persons who suffer now and
will suffer when people put their faith in weapons of war.
Hear our voices, when we beg you to instill into the hearts of all human beings the
wisdom of peace, the strength of justice, and the joy of fellowship.
Hear our voices, for in prayer we speak for the multitudes in every country and
every period of history who do not want war, and are ready to walk
the difficult road of peace.
Hear our voices, and grant your knowledge and strength so that we may always
respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice,
to need with sharing of self, and to war with peace.
O God of all the peoples of all the ages of humankind, fulfill now the hope that
does not disappoint; let this be the time when your Spirit
changes human hearts, and you grant to the world your everlasting peace.
–adapted by Fr. Steve Lantry S.J. for the Disarm Now Plowshares Five
from a prayer of Pope John Paul II