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The One Prayer We Need

Posted by Erin Bechtol
12.18.17

Pace e Bene is pleased to announce the release of John Dear’s new book Radical Prayers: On Peace, Love, and NonviolenceThe book is a guide to daily connection to God through prayers that meditate on the challenges facing us today. From South America to Asia, wildlife to homeless, John Dear guides us through a holistic view of our world and the steps we can make to find nonviolence in every aspect of our lives. Read on below for an excerpt from the book, available now.

 

Please Convert the Entire Human Race
to Jesus’ Way of Total Nonviolence

 

Dear God,

In the end, there is only one prayer:
please convert the entire human race
to Jesus’ way of total nonviolence.

That is our only hope.
This is Jesus’ daily prayer.
This is the will of the Holy Spirit.
This is your deepest desire.
Convert us all to the Way, the Truth, and the Life
of active, loving nonviolence.

Help us turn to you, our Higher Power;
to renounce violence;
to make amends for our long history of violence;
and to become sober people of nonviolence,
that from now on, we might live
within the boundaries of nonviolence—
and do no harm to anyone ever again.
Instead, may we love, serve, and make peace
with all our sisters and brothers
around the world
from now on.

Give us a new grace:
may we never again support the taking
of a single human life,
no matter what the cause,
no matter what we are told.

May we never harm or kill another person,
threaten entire peoples, wage war,
or terrify the world with the possibility
of nuclear annihilation.

May we beat our swords, guns, and bombs
into plowshares of peace, and never study war again.

May we abolish war, guns, and nuclear weapons,
and learn by heart your methodology
of nonviolent conflict resolution, universal love,
and Gospel peacemaking.

Help us to study peace and build grassroots movements
of disarmament, justice, and nonviolence.
Help us to institutionalize nonviolent conflict resolution
locally, nationally, and globally
and to create new structures for new cultures
of peace and nonviolence.

Our future is a future of peace and nonviolence.
Help us to envision that new future,
that new world, that new hope.
Give us the grace to do our part to make
that vision of peace come true.

Help me to be converted to your way of nonviolence.
Give every human being the grace
to be converted to your way of nonviolence.
Bless us that we might all follow
the nonviolent Jesus on the path of peace
and welcome his resurrection gift of peace
in our hearts and on earth.

Make your peace a true reality here and now
for every human being, every creature,
and Mother Earth, from now on.
Give us your reign of peace and nonviolence
on earth as it is in heaven.

Make us as nonviolent as Jesus.

Amen.

Radical Prayers makes the perfect Christmas gift. Order your copy here.

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