We, the Sisters of the Holy Names, U.S.-Ontario Province, are appalled by the violence that took place in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
We join with our Sisters, priests, bishops, the World Council of Churches and all people of good will across the United States to echo the words of the Leadership Council of Women Religious: “We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us.”
Political violence and disruption of democracy in the United States has an impact on us all. We invite you to join us in praying the following prayer every day at noon, your time, until Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are officially president and vice president of the United States.
Prayer for Peace in National Violence
God who is beyond politics and nations,
Christ who transcends the power of violence,
Holy Spirit who animates all people,
Be with our country in this moment of violence, division, and turmoil.
Transform our rage and hate that we might see our brothers and sisters with your eyes.
Break our hearts of stone, give us hearts of love and understanding that your peace might prevail.
(Prayer from the Catholic Health Association of the United States)
Province Leadership Team of the SNJM U.S.-Ontario Province