For July, Pope Francis calls on us to pray for social friendship. That in the midst of social, economic, and political situations of conflict, we become capable of becoming courageous and passionate architects of peaceful dialogue.
“It is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace,” Pope Francis said in 2013. As nations of the world continue to battle various social and political challenges—poverty, violence, human rights abuses—may leaders find it in their hearts to cultivate social harmony among countries. (Read: Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Pray for Peace in Middle East)
Together, through peaceful dialogue and open hearts, let us pray that the root causes of these challenges are addressed.
A Prayer for Dialogue
Eternal Spirit of Peace,
liberate us from fear and mistrust of the other.
Purify our memories and help us to overcome our prejudices
so that we might live in solidarity and communion with our neighbours near and far.
Help us to accept the coexistence of two valid opposing truths.
Grant us the integrity to meet the
other halfway and to put ourselves in their shoes.
May we recognize that the other is similar to us and is
our sister or brother, and not an instrument to serve our purposes.
bless us with humility to recognize our ignorance in the face
of the reality of the other,
to be ready to venture outside of our comfort zone,
and to have our most deeply held convictions and beliefs confronted.
Guide us also in our words so that we speak our own truths and visions;
that we might respectfully express what is in our hearts.
In this communion of shared truths, may we forge a new path;
a path of justice and peace, together.