Monasteries of the Heart

Daily Prayers for Peace

Click a day for that day's prayer. Photographs are by Bernadette Sullivan, OSB.

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.

Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.

Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.

Let peace fill my heart,
my world, my universe.

Amen.
—Universal Peace Prayer

Keep us, O God,
from all pettiness.
Let us be large in thought,
in word, in deed.
Let us be done
with fault-finding
and leave off all self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense
and meet each other face to face,
without self-pity
and without prejudice.

Grant that we may realize that
it is the little things of life that
create differences, that in the
big things of life we are as one.

And, O God,
let us not forget to be kind.
—Mary Stewart

I am Peace
surrounded by Peace
secure in Peace.
Peace protects me
Peace supports me
Peace is in me
Peace is mine—
All is well.

Peace to all beings
Peace among all beings
Peace from all beings
I am steeped in Peace
Absorbed in Peace
In the streets, at our work,
having peaceful thoughts,
Peaceful words, peaceful acts.
—A Buddhist Meditation

The world before me
is restored in beauty.

The world behind me
is restored in beauty.

The world below me
is restored in beauty.

The world above me
is restored in beauty.

All things around me
are restored in beauty.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
—Native American Prayer

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.

All things are changing.
God alone is changeless.
Patience attains the good.

One who has God
lacks nothing.

God alone fills all our needs.
—St. Teresa of Avila

Lord, make me
an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love;

Where there is injury,
pardon;

Where there is doubt,
faith;

Where there is despair,
hope;

Where there is darkness,
light;

Where there is sadness,
joy.
—from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

If anyone speaks ill of you,
Praise them always.
If anyone injures you,
Serve them nicely.
If anyone persecutes you,
Help them in all possible ways.
You will attain
immense strength.
You will control
anger and pride.
You will enjoy
peace, poise and serenity.
You will become divine.
—Swami Sivananda