A Peace Prayer for the Privileged

I had the privilege of attending Father Dan Horan’s powerful Racial Justice workshop this past Saturday with 400 other attendees. I am also reading Father Dan’s book, A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege. I may have more to say on the topic later, but for now I want to share this inspiring prayer from Father Dan.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Lord, make me an instrument of your holy discomfort
Where there is privilege, let me sow equity,
Where there is violence, let me work for peace,
Where there is division, let me seek unity,
Where there is racism, let me pursue racial justice,
Where there is environmental degradation, let me care for creation,
Where there is political discord, let me seek the common good,
And where there is economic inequality, let me seek justice.

O God of Justice, grant that I may not so much seek comfort,
as to welcome hard truths,
To be heard, as to listen,
To hold power, as to empower,
To seek control, as to follow,
For it is in humility, that we learn,
It is in seeking forgiveness, that we are reconciled,
And it is in dying to self, that we are born to new life.

I would also like to mention that Suzanna and I are hosting a meetup on Sunday, Feb 20, Eat for the Planet, which is the manifestation of the canceled presentation we were to do for the parish two years ago right when COVID hit. Please consider RSVPing at tinyurl.com/eat4meetup

Working together, we can help take care of our common home. 

Paul Litwin

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