Prayer for Saturday (Orthodox Epiphany)

Today the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions celebrate Epiphany.

Non-violence succeeds only when we have a living faith in God.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi (Gandhi on Non-Violence)

Dear Eternal Mother (or Father),
How does your peaceableness manifest
In sentiment, thought, deed, and spoken word?
Across these aspects of existence
Which peace-building arts would you instruct
Me in? A person’s haste I recompense
With deference, a person’s anger I
Toil to reward with calm compassion.
Yet, how shall I respond to arrogance,
Cold ridicule, or power-lust-propelled
Brutality? (Any suggestions here? I’m not quite a true pacifist!)
This world now trembles in
Her weariness of fiery blasts and blood-sopped
Bodies rending and insulting her
Life-nurturing skin. A new, invincible
Peace, whose practitioners fall never to
Vindictive wrath’s allure, nor break ranks for
Just cause by forceful means, must claim all lost
In strife, must give sight to those blind by rage,
And heal the earth of hatred’s scars at last!
Sweet, Gentle Goddess, whose touch eases hurts
Within, calms discord separating hearts,
And promises to heal earth’s wounds and rifts,
To your unbounded Spirit bind me tight!

(Darlene Darlington Wagner, Source: Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday

Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps in history.
This was non-violence par excellence.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, Gandhi on Non-Violence, Thomas Merton, ed.

A Prayer for the Living and the Dead

Oh God pray for us,
God beyond the God we don’t believe in,
oh God who beats our hearts, who blinks our eyes,
the One who flames the billion billion stars
and cries our tears, oh God of infinite mercy
pray for us as we die,
we who are caught in this fury, this impossible collision
of jet and tower,
ignite in us your light as the force explodes our bodies,
receive us in your safety
as the weight of our collapsing world crushes every memory, every wish,
the steaming cup of coffee waiting on our desk, our weekend plans,
receive us – stockbroker, cook, secretary, fireman –
pray for us in our surprise
as we hurtle back to what we were before we were,
oh help us die beautifully, as we die,
into your sudden light bring us home.

God pray for us still here,
pray for us as we gasp, mouths open like babies,
seeing the impossible wrath of weight,
the inferno falling,
pray for us as we look up from our lives,
from our homes and schools and workplaces,
from our lawns and freeways,
as we look up from the dust of Kabul and Khartoum,
from our shanty towns and cardboard walls,
pray for us as we see
this repetition of ancient unkindness,
our judgment on ourselves,
oh pray for us.

May sorrow break the hearts of we who are the killers,
may sorrow break the hearts of the perpetrators,
may we weep to have done this to each other,
may we weep for the cause that would cause us
to stab with knives on a clear Tuesday morning
and drop from the sky this bomb of people,
may we weep for the hurt we have suffered
and the hurt we have made others suffer,
oh God pray for us and break our hearts with sorrow
for the lineage of dominance and greed
that has caused this to happen, this rage
that has crazed us with hatred, oh pray for us God,
forgive us

We who are left to pick up their bones,
pray we remember their calling us,
dialing their phones as they dropped from the sky,
calling “I love you, I love you,
take care of the children, take care of yourselves,”
pray we remember their words,
“I love you, take care of the children.”

Oh God stop our hands on knife and trigger,
stop our hands with sorrow,
break our hearts so we weep and in grief
learn the justice of mercy,
oh God show us mercy, show us no one is other,
neither enemy nor stranger nor even
You,
who we, in the birth of your mercy, reveal.

(Elias Amidon, September 11, 2001; Source: Pace e Bene)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Spirit of God,
you hold us in Your embrace.
Your presence burns through this world,
transforming it.
You hold us in Your embrace.
You call us to see confront the mystery of evil.
You hold us in Your embrace.
You call us to live the astonishing mystery of good in the face
of the mystery of evil.
You hold us in Your embrace.
Be with us as we experiment with your nonviolence.
You hold us in Your embrace.
Give us the strength to break the rules of war,
to move from the war zone to the house of love.
You hold us in Your embrace.
We are grateful for You and for each other.

You hold us in Your embrace.
You hold us in Your embrace.
You hold us in Your embrace.

(Source: Pace e Bene)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

The United Farm Workers Prayer

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.

Free me to pray for others;
For You are present in every person.

Help me take responsibility for my own life;
So that I can be free at last.

Grant me courage to serve others;
For in service there is true life.

Give me honesty and patience;
So that the Spirit will be alive among us.

Let the Spirit flourish and grow;
So that we will never tire of the struggle.

Let us remember those who have died for justice;
For they have given us life.

Help us love even those who hate us,
So we can change the world.

(César Chávez)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Today is the US holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., minister, civil rights activist, and champion of non-violence. (It is officially celebrated on Monday the 21st.)

At the center of non-violence
stands the principle of love.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Prayer To Begin Our Exploration of Gandhi’s Vision

Spirit of God, You are present to us
in the midst of the sharp dilemmas of our lives
and the life of the world.
Open our hearts,
the way You opened the heart of our brother Mohandas Gandhi,
to see Your creativity generating alternatives, options and choices
in the face of massive violence and injustice.
Help us learn, as he did,
the “power of the powerless” in unleashing and nurturing
justice in an unjust world.
Bring us into contact with your Soul-Force
in finding solutions to the complex challenge of violence
that wounds our human family and the Earth itself.

(Source: Pace e Bene)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday (Makar Sankranti)

Today is the Hindu holiday of Makar Sankranti.

My religion is based on truth and non-violence.
Truth is my God.
Non-violence is the means of realizing Him.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the Gospel preached by all the Enlightened Ones. The Lord has preached that equanimity is the Dharma. Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me. Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity. Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world. Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage. “Do not injure any living being.” This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life. A weapon howsoever powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superior one; but no weapon can, however, be superior to nonviolence and love.

(The Peace Abbey)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday (Maghi)

Today is the Sikh holiday of Maghi.

There is no way to peace;
peace is the way.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Prayer of Nonviolence

God of Nonviolence,

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace.
Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence
that I might be a faithful follower of the nonviolent Jesus.

Send the Holy Spirit of nonviolence upon me that I will love everyone,
from my neighbor to my enemies,
that I may see you in everyone, and know everyone as my sister and brother,
and never hurt or fear anyone again.

Make me an instrument of your peace,
that I might give my life in the struggle for justice and disarmament;
that I may work for the abolition of war, poverty and nuclear weapons;
that I may always respond with love and never retaliate with violence;
that I may accept suffering in the struggle of justice and never inflict suffering or death on others;
that I my live more simply, in solidarity with the world’s poor,
that I may defend the poor and resist systemic injustice and institutionalized violence,
that I may always choose life and resist the forces of death.

Guide me on the Way of nonviolence.
Help me to speak the truth of peace, to practice boundless compassion, to radiate unconditional love, to forgive everyone who ever hurt me, to embody your nonviolence, to walk with you in contemplative peace, to be your beloved servant and friend.

Disarm my heart, and I shall be your instrument to disarm other hearts and the world. Lead me, God of nonviolence, with the whole human family, into your nonviolent reign of justice and peace where there is no more war, no more injustice, no more poverty, no more nuclear weapons, no more violence.
I ask this in the name of the nonviolent Jesus, our brother and our peace.

Amen

(John Dear, June 2005)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)