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”.
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