Prayer for peace
Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of Peace! Amen. (Pope Francis)
"Serve the blind..." This word of Mother Pauline has touched the hearts of Sr. María Adriana and Sr. Sofía. Generously they gave their Yes to the missionary ministry in the Philippines. On September 9 they will begin their service among the blind and poor who need help. "It is a great grace that God should permit us to assist in the spread of his Kingdom." (Mother Pauline, 1877)
Let us accompany our Sisters in their service!
The Canonization of Mother Teresa, the "Mother of the Poor", is an event, that touches the world. Rome is ready for 100000 pilgrims. But usually more will come. The Feast of Mother Teresa is on September 5.
On August 21, 1849 Mother Pauline and her three companions were invested in the Busdorf Church in Paderborn. That was the beginning of the Congregation of the Sisters of Christian Charity. The photos show the memorial in the Busdorf Church in remembrance of this important day.
I have pondered Mary's life. How full of thorns and pains it was! Heaven's greatest glory had to be earned by the most intense earthly suffering. (Mother Pauline, 1848)
We cannot expect that others have none but good qualities; they have their faults too. This remains an imperfect world. (1872)
We experience a far greater spiritual gain by being patient with annoying people than the time we would have gained by dealing with them abruptly. (1842)
Love conquers all. May you possess this holy love toward all. This love and solicitude must embrace all, all, all persons. (1877)
Though others be sad or serious, let your countenance always be cheerful and friendly. Thus you will eventually drive away all sadness. (1847)
Guard against any partiality, and if you have a preference, let it be for the most ragged, the most abandoned children. Exclude nor child from your heart. (1847)
Each one must respect the opinion of the other and all must discuss matters in common. Things will not go well if each one insists on her own ideas, and God's blessing will then be wanting. (1877)