Christ: Swords into Plowshares by Kelly Latimore / ©kellylatimoreicons.com
Recognizing the violence in our own hearts,
yet trusting in the goodness and mercy of God,
we ask you, O Nonviolent One,
to help us carry out in our lives the love and example you gave us:
by striving for peace within ourselves and seeking to be peacemakers in our daily lives;
by refusing to retaliate in the face of provocation and violence;
by persevering in nonviolence of tongue and heart;
by living conscientiously and simply so we do not deprive others of the means to live;
by actively resisting evil and working nonviolently to abolish war and the causes of war
from our own hearts and from the face of the earth.
O God, we trust in your sustaining love
and believe that you will grant us your abundant grace
to help us live this prayer.