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Pax et Bonum - Inspiration for Prayers for Peace & Goodwill
My youngest daughter brought me this pretty little tile from one of her trips to Italy.
Pax et Bonum translates to Peace and Goodwill and I have it sitting where I can see it often.
I've written about my favorite prayer in White Cloud's Prayer but there are other prayers, poems and meditations that I also value. Mostly Peace Prayers.
I hope you enjoy them.
A Prayer for Simplicity and Peace
A prayer by Michael Leunig
We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty. Let us find such a place within ourselves.
We give thanks for places of nature's truth and freedom, of joy, inspiration and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging. Let us search for these places: in the world, in ourselves and in others. Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.
May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature's eternal wisdom. Amen.
Seek peace, and pursue it.— Psalm 34:13
"Oh Great Mystery,
We give thanks, for the natural world we see.
All the Creatures, Stones, and Plants
Who show us how to be.
We learn their lessons, seek their truths,
Return our loving praise,
We honor the peace they show us,
Which guides our human ways.
We ask that we may become like them,
Living in harmony,
And deep within our heart of hearts,
Know the Sacred Mystery.
The Eternal Flame of Love burns bright,
When we look upon Your face,
And see the beauty reflected there,
In every creed and race.
The Sacred Pipe releases these words
To the Sky Nation, there above,
That we may walk in beauty,As examples of peace and love.
Eternal wellspring of peace--
May we be drenched with the longing for peace
that we may give ourselves over to peace
until the earth overflows with peace
as living waters overflow the seas.
Come let us go up the mountain of the Lord,
that we may walk the
paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares,
and our spears into pruning hooks
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation--
neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the
Lord of Hosts has spoken.
Peace Prayers - The Book
I own this book. In fact, some of the prayers in this page are from this book.
Royalties from this book are donated to UNICEF, Children's Defense Fund, and Doctors Without Borders. I can't think of a better reason to buy it!
From the Product Description:
"...Peace Prayers is a compilation of prayers, reflections, affirmations, poems, and quotes on peace. From ancient Rome to modern Vietnam, from Africa to Australia, the writers, thinkers, poets, politicians, religious figures, and even warriors collected here all express the urgent need for a true and lasting peace that only can come from a just and cooperative world community..."
And from a reader's review:
"...The photos in this book of wisdom are ethereal. Short but poignant meanings of peace are accompanied by photo collages to soothe the soul. If everyone read just one page of this book each day, world peace might be possible..."
I do not want the peace that passeth all understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.— Helen Keller
Reflections on Peace
Photo courtesy of David Davies
The peace of one individual is small. The peace of many people together is big. When we see ourselves as separate from our community and from nature, then violence and strife arise. It is only when we understand our part in an overall unity that there is the possibility of peace on a large scale. ~Deng Ming Dao
Seeing the rest of the world filled full of iniquity, the lover of justice will be content to keep his own life on earth untainted by wickedness and impious actions, so that he may leave this world with a fair hope of the next, at peace with himself and God. ~Plato
The True Peace
The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 - 1950)
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.— Matthew 5:3-10
A Book on Peace - A gift anyone will love
These two books are written for children and would be such good gifts. They're colorful and easy to read. Even a grownup would love them, I'm certain!
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.— Unknown
Nature's Peace Calendar - Another Gift Idea
“Nature s peace,” wrote environmentalist John Muir (1838–1914), “will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” The luminous watercolor paintings of Molly Hashimoto (American, b. 1951) capture the peaceful side of nature; her works and her teaching encourage the preservation of America's treasured parks and wilderness areas—places that are John Muir's great legacy. This jewel of a calendar combines twelve of Hashimoto's paintings with brief, well-chosen excerpts from Muir's writings.
Size: 12 x 13 in.; opens to 12 x 26 in. Printed on FSC certified paper with soy-based inks.
I hope you enjoyed reading these prayers, poems and meditations. Please leave a message for me to let me know you were here. Thanks!