When faced with the news of increasing violence around the world, we often wonder what we can do.
Please click here to read the invitation from Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the USCCB, to all US dioceses and parishes to pray special prayers for peace on Sunday, August 17.
Bishop Pates has also shared the prayer of Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako that was shared with you on this blog yesterday:
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.