Praying with the pope in November
In the Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.
Pope Francis, November 2018
Challenges for November
- Reflect: What are the people and situations that need reconciliation in your heart? Where is there a need for deeper listening? Offer forgiveness to those whom you have hurt, with concrete words and gestures. Even a tiny gesture or single word can be enough!
- Make a resolution to cultivate dialogue, reconciliation and mutual understanding in any situations of conflict and rupture in your own community. Make a real effort to build bridges and promote peace; one person at a time!
- Organise, or plan with your group or parish, a moment of prayer in your community that might help people abandon disinterest and to begin to sympathise with the realities of conflict and violence that the world is experiencing.
Traditionally, in this month, we remember those who have died, those who have gone before us marked with the signs of faith. So many of those have died brutally and tragically in situations of war and conflict. As you reserve a special place in your November prayers this year, take some moments to pray for those who have lost their lives because the language of conflict had expelled that language of love and dialogue.
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."