At his Wednesday audience today, Pope Francis invited all to pray for one minute for peace tomorrow, June 8, at 1 p.m. Rome time (7 a.m. EDT). The event commemorates a June 8, 2014, meeting among Pope Francis, the late Israeli President Peres, and Palestinian President Abbas, during which the three men prayed together for peace in the Middle East.
- Read Pope Reflects on Fatherhood of God, Calls for ‘One Minute of Peace’ Initiative (NC Register)
- Read Pslams, scriptures, prayers recited at the 2014 Invocation for Peace (Salt and Light TV)
- Watch 2014 Invocation for Peace (Salt and Light TV coverage)
Quotes of the Day
Pope Francis’ Wednesday Audience
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now consider the source of that hope in the fatherhood of God. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he taught them to call God Our Father. Here we see the great religious revolution introduced by Christianity: taught by the Saviour’s command, we dare to speak to the transcendent and all-holy God as children speak, with complete trust, to a loving father. In the parable of the merciful father, who welcomes his prodigal son with supreme forgiveness, Jesus speaks to us of the Father’s unconditional love. In his Letters, Saint Paul twice repeats the original Aramaic word used by Jesus in his prayer: “Abba” (cf. Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6). As God’s adoptive sons and daughters in the Holy Spirit, we share in the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Father, and this is the basis of our sure hope in God’s saving help. Each day, as we pray the Lord’s Prayer, may we be confirmed in the knowledge that, in his merciful love, our heavenly Father will watch over us, respond to our petitions, and never abandon us.
— Pope Francis, June 7, 2017 general audience
Excerpt from 2014 Invocation for Peace
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!
— Pope Francis, June 8, 2014, Vatican Gardens address at the invocation for peace
Some Prayers for Peace
To God of Peace (Catholic)
God of peace,
You have created us
and poured out Your love on us
so that we might share Your glory.
We praise You and we thank You
for sending us Jesus,
Your beloved Son.
Through the Paschal Mystery
You have made Him
the Architect of all salvation,
the Source of all peace,
and the Bond of all fraternity.
We thank You
for the desires, efforts, and accomplishments
that Your Spirit of peace
has effected in our day,
to replace rancor with love,
distrust with understanding,
and indifference with solidarity.
Open our minds and hearts even more
to the concrete requirements
of the love of our brothers and sisters
so that we may be ever better workers for peace.
Remember, O Father of mercy,
all who are laboring, suffering, dying
to create a more fraternal world.
May Your Kingdom of justice, peace, and love
come for all people of every race and tongue.
And may the earth be filled
with Your glory.
— Pope Paul VI
For Peace Among All Peoples (Jewish tradition)
We pray for all people.
They are divided into nations and races,
but all are Your children.
They draw life and being from You,
and are commanded to obey Your laws,
according to each person’s capacity
to know and understand them.
Put an end to hatred and conflict,
that lasting peace may pervade the earth
and all people may be blessed with the fruit of peace.
Thus the fraternal spirit among people
will manifest their faith
that You are the Father of all.
— Saint Joseph Prayer Book #609