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Prayer to Respect Others
As I walk down dusty roads or busy concrete boulevards
Help me, God, to take the time to see in the eyes of the other,
To recognise the other, in order to respect.
As I encounter many people, many races,
Help me to appreciate the hand of the other,
To recognise those hands that create and build,
In order to work together.
As my path calls me to various places,
Help me to learn to walk together with others
On paths that lead to peace,
Recognising that by walking with others,
In working together we learn to recognise ourself in the other,
To recognise and appreciate our differences.
And begin to recognise what love is about.
(Prayer Without Borders)
Prayer for Peace
Prayer for Peace (Pope John Paul II)

To you, Creator of nature and humanity, of truth and beauty, we pray:
Hear our voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations.
Hear our voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear our voice when we beg you to instil into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship.
Hear our voice, for we speak with 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 our 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 our voice, and grant unto the world your everlasting peace.
Prayer for Society
O Jesus, come back into our society,
our family life, our souls
and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.
Enlighten with the splendor of faith
and the charity of your tender heart
the souls of those who work
for the good of the people, for your poor.
Impart in them your own spirit,
a spirit of discipline, order and gentleness,
preserving the flame of enthusiasm
ever alight in their hearts.
May that day come very soon,
when we shall see you
restored to the centre of civic life,
borne on the shoulders of your joyful people.
(Pope John XXIII)
Sage and Youth
Sage and Youth

"Who am I in a school of a thousand students?" inquired the youth.
"Who are you in a galaxy of a hundred billion stars?" responded the sage.
"Who am I in a world of six thousand million people?" inquired the youth.
"Who are you in a cosmos of a hundred billion galaxies?"
"Who am I whose ancestors sailed away from their homeland?"
"Who are you whose ancestors crawled out of the sea?" replied the sage.
"Who am I whose ancestors learned to till the soil?" asked the youth.
"Who are you whose ancestors learned to breathe the air?"
"Who am I in a body made of mortal flesh?" implored the youth.
"Who are you as flesh made of immortal stardust?" offered the sage.
"Who am I with a mind aching for answers?" lamented the youth.
"Who are you as Universe delighting in questions?"
Refugee Prayer
A Prayer for Refugees
Compassionate God, make your loving presence felt to refugees,
torn from home, family and everything familiar.
Warm especially the hearts of the young, the old,
and the most vulnerable among them.
Help them know that you accompany them
as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt.
Lead refugees to a new home and a new hope,
as you led the Holy Family to their new home in Nazareth.
Open our hearts to receive them as our sisters and brothers
in whose face we see your son, Jesus. Amen.

(Source: UNHCR)