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Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:33

World Day of Peace 2014

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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

The Australian Brigidine Sisters' website highlights this event and leads us in this prayer of peace:

Let us pray for peace:

May we be open to the peace that surpasses all understanding:
- peace of a still mind and a trusting spirit.

May we be open to the peace that surpasses all understanding:
- peace in the face of conflict, grief or pain.

May we be open to the peace that surpasses all understanding:
- peace that quietly moves us out of complacency and comfort and challenges us to work for justice.

May we be open to the peace that surpasses all understanding:
- peace enabling us to hold our blessed and hurting planet in constant awareness and prayer.