If we take Patriarch Sako’s prayer to heart—for the Christians in Iraq, and for ourselves, in our daily lives—we’ll be drawn to live more peacefully. Striving to make peace the foundation of our lives can become a prayer all by itself. Every effort toward our own peace will remind us of the need for peace in Iraq, and that will give us the opportunity to offer supplication to God in our hearts, if only briefly.
I’m looking forward to praying for peace in Iraq with my fellow Catholics on August 17. I hope bishops and priests throughout this country take up the Patriarch’s call to say the prayer reflectively and fervently with their congregations. More than that, though, I hope that Christians the world over will adopt the prayer for peace in Iraq during their own liturgies. Christians everywhere should take the prayer deeply into their hearts and strive for peace in their own homes and the world around them, not just on a single Sunday, but every day until the Iraq and the Middle East has been rid of violence and hatred.
Marge Fenelonis a Catholic author, columnist, and speaker and a regular guest on Catholic radio. She’s written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic family life, including Strengthening Your Family: a Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011) and Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013). Find out more about Marge at www.margefenelon.com.