Summer seems to be coming to an end but acts of violence are not. July and August were filled with one act of terror or another. And even September is no exception. It has become so common place that we struggle to remember as the barbarity of one event out does the next. I like to think that talk and action should go together. So what can we do about it?
I am reminded of Saint Therese of Lisieux, who also came to be known as the Little Flower. She believed that it was not necessary to do heroic acts, or great deeds to become holy and love God. But following the ‘little way’, that is, in whatever way you can, can also accomplish the same objective.
We’re not the movers and shakers to get a whole lot of action going. But you know what we can do? We can pray! Our God is a God of the impossible. He can move mountains. And so can we. Remember the parable of the little mustard seed? In Mathew 17: 14-21, Jesus told His disciples, “…. if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
So armed with trust and faith, let us pray to our Almighty God:
For the people who have died –
Dear Lord, we pray for the people who have died in Nice and Belgium, the USA and all over the world in acts of terror and violence. Have mercy on their souls. May they join You in the heavens and have eternal life. Forgive their earthly transgressions and in Your loving kindness may their souls rest in peace.
For the relatives and friends whose loved ones have passed in this manner –
Dear Lord, we pray for the living, the friends and relatives of the people who have passed away in such tragic circumstances. Give them comfort O Lord, and solace in this time of grief. Turn their sorrow into understanding. May they trust in Your ways and keep the faith that they will surely meet their loved ones again.
For the strangers who watch with sadness from afar –
Dear Lord, give them the grace to be kind to their neighbours. To harbour love and goodwill in their hearts and spread the peace one person at a time.
For the perpetrator(s) who orchestrate these gruesome acts –
Dear Lord, we ask for Your mercy. Forgive them for they know not what they do.
For people with evil intentions –
Dear Lord, we ask You to pour out the gifts of love and understanding upon them. Soften their hearts so that they may recognize the difference between good and evil.