(Next week is One World Week - Prayers for Peace) God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. (Mother Teresa)

We are invited this week to reflect on the place of prayer in our lives and how through prayer we can change the world we live in. Prayer is, at its simplest, conversation and being with God. He cares and is listening. No prayer goes unanswered. Sometimes God responds to our prayers in a different way than perhaps we’d hoped for; which we can be sure will be for our long term good and for the good of the person or people that we prayed for. Often, the first words used by Jesus when He met his friends were about peace:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. (John 20:21)

You can join people of all faiths around
the world who are praying this prayer
at noon each day:
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, peace, peace.