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Icon Christ: Swords into PlowsharesChrist: Swords into Plowshares by Kelly Latimore / ©

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.


Adapted by the Gospel Nonviolence Working Group of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests from the Vow of Nonviolence, Pax Christi USA. Reprinted with permission. 

Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Compelled by faith to engage with people across cultures and ethnicities, Maryknoll lay missioners live, love and work with communities on the margins to promote active nonviolence and healing.