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Join us in a prayer for peace for our world.

To the Creator of nature and man, of truth and beauty I pray:

Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations;

Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war;

Hear my voice when I beg you to instill into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship;

Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace;

Hear my voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.

O God, hear my voice and grant unto the world your everlasting peace.

This August marks seventy-five years since the United States conducted nuclear attacks against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, devastating their populations and destroying their infrastructure. Following their use in Japan, the production and testing of nuclear weapons in the United States and internationally continues to harm the health, environment, and cultures of communities around the world.

In solidarity with the Church in Japan… Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids gathered on August 9, 2020 in the Pear Garden at Marywood to remember all who died and all who have suffered from the violence and destructive bombing that occurred 75 years ago. Masked and standing 6-feet apart, we prayed. We prayed the prayer that Pope St. John Paul II shared at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima on February 25, 1981.

May these words — this prayer — remind us all that peace in our hearts flows outward into a world desperately in need.