"1 First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,A post on Google Plus (August 25, 2014) let me know about Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna's challenge or request for a half-hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at a particular time today.
"for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. "
(2 Timothy 1-2)
- Video post
Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna, on Facebook
(Me, at the Eucharistic adoration chapel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, this morning.)
It didn't take me 30 minutes to go through both prayers I found: one from the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq; the other from Pope Francis. I spent the rest of the time 'praying' in the sense that I thought about what needs to happen: in the world, and in me.
Basically, we need to:
- Love God, love our neighbor
(Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31)
- See everyone as our neighbor
(Matthew 5:43-44; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-30)
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1825)
..."24 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.' "Loving my neighbor is mandatory. Liking my neighbor is optional. Approving of what my neighbor does is occasionally impossible: particularly when my neighbor does something I know is wrong.
Loving disapproval isn't the beam-in-my-eye hypocrisy of Matthew 7:1-5, and that's another topic.
I hope and pray that Iraq, and the world, learns how to settle conflicts with reason, justice, and mercy. My guess is that cobbling together a globe-spanning 'Council of Humanity' will take centuries. But I think it will be worth the effort. And that's yet another topic.
- "Prayer for
Peace in Iraq"
His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq; via USCCB.org
(From www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/prayer-for-peace-in-iraq-patriarch-sako-2014-08.cfm (August 25, 2014))
- Concerning the Situation in Northern Iraq
Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations
Pope Francis (August 9, 2014)
(From w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140809_lettera-ban-ki-moon-iraq.html (August 26, 2014))
Pope Francis (June 8, 2014)
(From http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/prayers/documents/papa-francesco_preghiere_20140608_invocazione-pace.html (August 25, 2014))
If not, here's part of my take on taking 'love of neighbor' seriously:
- " 'All are Equal Before God' — Rights of Humanity and a Right of the Aggressor"
(August 24, 2014)
- "South Sudan: New Nation, Old Trouble"
(December 25, 2013)
- "Love, Hate, and Lady Gaga"
(May 27, 2012)
- "World Youth Day Madrid, and Living in an Imperfect World"
(August 19, 2011)
- "Osama bin Laden is Dead: No Rant"
(May 2, 2011)