We are a Catholic Christian community but we enjoy finding out about and celebrating the richness of other faiths and religions of the world.
“Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Christian Prayers for Peace
Blessed are the Peacemakers,
for they shall be known as the Children of God.
But I say to you to love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
To those who strike you on the cheek,
offer the other also,
and from those who take away your cloak,
do not withhold your coat as well.
Give to everyone who begs from you,
and of those who take away your goods,
do not ask them again.
And as you wish that others would do to you,
do so to them.
God, creator of this world
Teach us that it is the responsibility of us all
to reach out with the hands of friendship
and build safer communities.
Help us, God of all, to work for peace.
A Prayer for Reconcilliation and Understanding
Heavenly Father, we know how sorry you must be to see the great divides between people of different faiths.
We hold up to your love the troubled places all over the world – Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, areas in Russia and Eastern Europe – as well as places closer to home where there is tension between faiths.
We pray for religious leaders of all faiths that they may be given the wisdom to face their differences with honesty and integrity, and the strength to help people gain greater knowledge and love of each other.
Where there is ignorance and prejudice, give us all understanding.
Where there is hatred, bring compassion.
Where there is fear of difference, may respect for difference grow.
And where anger and war are to be found, may we be given the energy to work for peace and harmony.
Teach us to love our brothers and sisters of different faiths, for we are all your children and precious in your sight.
We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, who died to redeem all humankind.
Jewish Prayer for Peace
Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation— neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
Sikh Prayer for Peace
God judges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear: that Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. We know that we attain God when we love, and that victory occurs when no one is defeated.