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Lord God, you are the source of life and peace.
You are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God in Three Persons,
Totally giving themselves to one another In an eternal embrace of love.
By your very nature you teach us how to live in peace.
You call us not to push others out of the way,
But rather to give ourselves away to others.
You teach us that peace is lost
Not simply when guns are fired or bombs are dropped,
But rather when the dignity of human life is violated.
Lord, we ask you to give us peace,
And to give us the strength to build and defend this fragile gift.
Enable us to start by building peace in our own hearts.
Give us hearts that respect every human life:
Our own lives, those of our families,
and the lives of the poor, the stranger, the sick, and the unborn.
Give us respect even for the lives of our enemies.
Bless the leaders and nations of the world with the spirit of peace.
Teach them how to protect their people, both born and unborn,
And make them a source of unity and reconciliation.
Bring an end to conflicts, to genocide, to strife and hatred.
Bring an end also to abortion,
Which Mother Teresa called the greatest destroyer of peace and love.
Bless the nation of Syria, the entire Middle East,
And indeed the entire world,
With a love for life, and a determination for peace.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life