PRAYER: A Litany for Enemies

by Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN
Director of Programs

love your enemies

You who are members of street gangs, drug cartels and organized crime, who believe that you are accountable to no one and that you can live your lives without consequences…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who have created trafficking of girls to satisfy your lust and your greed, who believes that your privilege entitles you to exploit, dehumanize and pay for human flesh…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who feed on the desperation of those who are poor and make false promises of safety, while knowing that your word means nothing…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who threaten, kidnap, rape and murder with impunity, who believe that money will buy you happiness and save your soul…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who are members of security forces and military personnel who interrogate and torture other human beings in the name of national security…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who have no respect for ‘cease fires’ and for humanitarian considerations, who thrive on revenge, retaliation and winning at all costs…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who ravage the earth with strip mining, fracking, excessive waste and lack respect for natural resources, who believe that profiteering justifies environmental degradation…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who enjoy political machinations and party politics at the expense of the common good because you believe that effective dialogue with a heart for the welfare of your people is not compatible to your political aspirations…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

You who weave clever lies to justify wars and military aid, who strangle poor countries in debts, and who impose harsh sentences and solitary confinement on those who are vulnerable…

May the God of Compassion give you insight into the truth of your life.

May the God of Compassion give us all insight into the truth of our lives. AMEN.

One response to “PRAYER: A Litany for Enemies

  1. The Rev. Ronald Bell

    Note: In the entangled web of complexity and complicity in the world in which we all live, the use of the word “We” instead of or along with the word “You”, perhaps might be more accurate? The words of such a prophetic voice might possibly be written on our own subway walls? As her last line reads: “May the God of Compassion give us all insight into the truth of our lives.  AMEN” Peace, Justice, Love – So be it. – ron bell