Colombian Prayer for Peace

This prayer was provided by Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao, the Director of Caritas Columbia. Mgr Henao visited the Diocese of Leeds and spoke to CAFOD supporters in September 2014 about the role of the Church in promoting peace. He writes: “It is hard to turn our eyes on the many problems affecting our country and how our children are affected”.

Mgr Henao with Ben Oldham (CAFOD Leeds) and Dr Kirsteen Kim form Leeds LTU

Mgr Henao with Ben Oldham (CAFOD Leeds) and Dr Kirsteen Kim from Leeds LTU

Where there is hate, let us grow love

Where there is fighting, let us grow forgiveness

Where there are lies, let us grow truth

Where there is fear, let us grow faith


Where there is despondency, let us grow hope

Where there is injustice, let us grow solidarity

Where there is sadness, let us grow happiness.


We want always to help others

To understand even if we are not understood

And to love, even when we ourselves are unloved.

Because it is when we give, that we receive more

When we forgive, that we are free and we feel at peace

And when we are at your side, Lord, that we feel happiest.

In response to the violence, the Colombian Catholic Church is promoting a Child Peacemakers’ Movement, which encourages children to be “the seed of peace that germinates in their families and communities”. 

 Through a process of group reflections, games and educational exercises, the Movement is helping to equip children and young people to play this vital role in building a safer and more peaceful future.

For more information on CAFOD’s work in Columbia click here      

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