O God, who arrange all things according to a wonderful design, graciously receive the prayers we pour out to you for our country, that, through the wisdom of its leaders and the integrity of its citizens, harmony and justice may be assured and lasting prosperity come with peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
We prayed these words at the beginning of this morning's Mass, realizing that in the midst of divisions and conflicts and fears, God's Spirit longs to draw us into ways of compassion, mutual understanding, true peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. Let us open our hearts more and more to the Spirit's initiative.
Photograph by Brother Brian.