A Franciscan Prayer for Our Times

Thank you Lord
that on this day no nuclear fires burned any human flesh
and that there were no new school shootings crucifying our children

Grant us Lord
all men and women of goodwill
the wisdom to guide our feet along the path of peace

Teach us Lord
not to accept war as peace

Forgive us Lord
for our war against the poor
and against the poorest of the poor, the earth herself

Thank you Lord
that on this day you have granted us another opportunity for salvation

Have mercy on us Lord
that our hearts may quake within us
and we not lose this opportunity you have so graciously provided.