for Lent 2007
past 25 years have been traumatic for the Iraqi society. The Iran-Iraq
war of the 1980’s, the experience of the Hussein regime,
the first Gulf war, 13 years of economic sanctions, the second
Gulf War and 3 years of occupation have all conspired to create
a society that is traumatized, fearful and often angry at past
and current hurts and atrocities. Only through an effective
reconciliation process in the Iraqi style will there ever be a
chance of healing for this beleaguered country. Conflict
mitigation programs at he local level (in both urban and rural
communities) can be significant assets in peacemaking and long-term
stability. Projects such as “de-escalation teams” trained
by the United Nations could be excellent in creating true peace
(Policy Initiatives developed by NETWORK in collaboration with
members of the Iraqi Women’s Speak Delegation)
Pax Christi Prayer to End the War Against Iraq
We beg your forgiveness for the war that the U.S. is waging against
the Iraqi people, for destroying Iraq’s infrastructure
by massive bombings, for using highly toxic weapons that contaminate
Iraqi land and water, and are causing major increases in cancers
Forgive us for imposing economic sanctions that have killed over
one million Iraquis, mostly children.
Forgive us for placing oil interests above human welfare.
Heal us of our moral blindness and fill our hearts with love.
Help us to renounce killing, to stop demonizing our adversaries,
to value all life as sacred, and to see the Iraqi people as our
brothers and sisters.
O God, make us channels of your peace and reconciliation.
Lead us from death to life.
Lead us from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope. .
Lead us from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love.
Lead us from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our Universe.