Jesus Our Shepherd
Prayer For A New Society
Pax Christi USA

All-nourishing God, your children cry for help
against the violence of the world:
where children starve for bread and feed on weapons;
starve for vision and feed on drugs;
starve for love and feed on videos;
starve for peace and die murdered in our streets.

Creator God, timeless Preserve of resources,
Forgive us for the gifts we have wasted.
Renew for us what seems beyond redemption.
Call order and beauty to emerge again from chaos.
Convert our destructive power into creative service.
Help us to heal the woundedness of our world.

Liberating God, release us from the demons of violence.
Free us today from the disguised demon of deterrence that
puts guns by our pillows and missiles in our skies.
Free us from all demons that bend and blunt our spirits.
Cleanse us from all justifications for violence and war.
Open our narrowed hearts to the suffering and the poor.

Abiding God, loving Renewer of human spirit,
unfold our violent fists into peaceful hands.
Stretch our sense of family to include our neighbors;
stretch our sense of neighbor to include our enemies
until our response to you finally respects and embraces
all creation as precious sacraments of your presence.

Hear the prayer of all your starving children!