Prayer for peace

June 6, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

One of my favorite parts of the mass is the short prayer after the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer when the priest prays, “Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our day, that, by the help of Your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming our Savior, Jesus Christ.” After the congregation responds with, “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours now and forever.” The Priest again prays, “Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with Your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Just after that the priest prays that we will receive the Lord’s peace and we offer that peace to each other.

I am encouraged by the reality, that this prayer is being prayed at every minute of everyday some where over the world as the Mass is being celebrated. I get weary of the constant bombardment of news about war and unrest around the world. I get weary when I hear political figures constantly at odds with each other. I get weary when I observe our culture becoming more pagan in its laws, moving away from the teachings of Jesus Christ. I don’t think I will ever adjust to the new “normal”, because it is just not normal!

I am consoled by the words of Jesus who says that He will be with us forever and that in the end He will reign. In the meantime we put up with a lot of stuff. I am also consoled by St. Paul who says that when we are weak, God is strong. We have been given the great gift of Bible truth, our Church, our community of believers that has been reliable for thousands of years.The triune God has cared for his people since he created us and will continue to do so. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you…”

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May He let His face shine upon you and give you His peace.”

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