Like so many around the globe, the shocking photos and videos of those who were victimized by chemical weapons in Syria has hit each of us over the head. As politicians continue to debate future actions, let us remember our call as Christians and as people of faith to pray for an end to the senseless violence that plagues the Middle-East. To see the image of anyone who has been killed is in itself horrific, but to see young children deprived of a life long-lived is so sickening and saddening that the only thing we can do is reach out with hearts and minds that assure people we will never meet of our prayers. Take some time today to pray for peace in Syria. Take some time to pray that a lasting solution might be found so that the current conflict will be resolved peacefully lest more innocent lives be stolen.
Might I suggest the following prayer. It comes from the Mass For the Preservation of Peace and Justice which we were allowed to use this 23rd Sunday in OT by the USCCB.
O God, Creator of the world, under whose governance the design for all the ages unfolds,be attentive, we pray, to our petitions and grant to our times tranquility and peace, that we may exult with unceasing joy in praise of your great mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.