In the face of grief and uncertainty, we do well to pray for light and Christian hope. When our own words fail, and our hearts are heavy, Saint Francis’ Prayer for Peace rises in our hearts:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
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,
and it is in dying that we are born
to eternal life.
May the victims of the shootings in Orlando — and throughout the world — rest in the peace of Christ. And may our love shine bright in a world addicted to violence and intolerance.