Civilize It - A Prayer for Peace

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: A Prayer for Civility:


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where uncivil words prevail, show me how to model love.

 Help me remember the God-given dignity of all and invite others to do the same.  Show me how to build bridges and not walls
and see first what unites us rather than how we diverge.

Let me seek to understand before asking to be understood.  Give me a listening heart filled with empathy and compassion.

May I be clear in sharing my own position and respectful and civil in describing those of others.  Let me never tolerate hateful ideas.

May I invite all to charity and love.  Lord, help me to imitate your compassion and mercy.

Make me an instrument of your peace.

 Amen.

Inspired by Nine Rules for Civility from the Catholic Tradition, Bishop Zubik

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