Church agencies offer condolences to Bali victims
Caritas Australia and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) offer sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones or were injured in the recent Bali bombings.
“We pray for all those who lost their lives and we pray for a speedy recovery for those who were injured – regardless of their nationality or religious beliefs,” said Mr Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia.
“Saturday October 1 is yet another day marked by sadness and grief – an all too familiar occurrence in recent years. Our organizations support the initiatives of the governments of both Australia and Indonesia to address terrorism and its causes.
“We particularly support initiatives such as interfaith dialogue which encourage people to learn more about each other and weaken the opportunities for misunderstanding and hate,” Mr de Groot said.
“We also urge all Australians to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the suffering and oppression which can make people vulnerable to the teachings of terrorists. We reject fanaticism and the destruction of life which is never justified by any cause,” said Mr John Ferguson, Executive Officer of the ACSJC.
Prayers for Peace
The following are prayers for peace which Australians might like to pray at this time. The first two prayers appeared in the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s booklet Ten Steps Towards Cultivating a Culture of Peace.
Prayer for Peace
Almighty God, the source of all our good.
You call us from oppression and conflict
to freedom and cooperation for the good of all.
Help people everywhere to build a world of peace
ever more solidly established on the four pillars:
truth, justice, love and freedom.
(Pope John Paul II, Pacem in Terris: A Permanent Commitment,
Message for World Peace Day 2003)
A Peace Blessing
May God banish from our hearts whatever might endanger peace.
May God transform us into witnesses of truth, justice and love.
May God enlighten the rulers of peoples
so that in addition to their solicitude for the proper welfare of their citizens,
they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May God enkindle the will of all,
so that they may overcome the barriers that divide,
cherish the bonds of mutual charity, understand others,
and pardon those who have done them wrong.
May all peoples of the earth become as one,
and may the most longed-for peace blossom forth
and reign always among them.
(Pope John XXIII Pacem in Terris)
The following Prayer for Peace is attributed to St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is injury, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
Where there is darkness, let me bring light.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
For more information please contact Margaret Rice on 0417 284 831