United in the Love of the Good God

On Friday, May 24, the CJ community came together to pray for peace and justice. This was in correlation with the City of Dayton’s “United Against Hate” campaign.

“I think it’s important that CJ is doing whatever they can to counteract hatred,” said Ella Waldspurger ‘20.

Prior to the first class of the day, dozens came together for a special Mass in the CJ chapel. The chapel was also where students had the option to come during their homeroom period to pray, reflect, and share messages of hope on posters provided by the City.

At the end of the school day, students, faculty and staff joined hands out in the hallways to unite in a special prayer for peace.

In-Depth Information:

  • Watch the homily by Fr. Satish Joseph, pastor of St. Helen and Immaculate Conception parishes, that was chosen for the morning Mass. 
  • Read below the special prayer for unity and peace that was read in the morning as part of the school’s daily announcements.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Today, we join with all people of good will in the Dayton area as we offer prayers for peace and for an end to racism and prejudice.  United together in the love of our Good God, let us pray in words inspired by St. Francis of Assisi.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is hurt, let us bring healing;
where there is prejudice and intolerance,
let us offer dignity and respect;
where there is disagreement,
let us be agents of reconciliation;
where there is despair, let us speak hope;
where there is fear, let us kindle courage;
and where there is darkness,
let us offer the light of your mercy that enlightens the whole world.
O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek
to be loved as to love.
Help us to love all people as our brothers and sisters,
and to see within them your image.
Bless our community with peace, and hold us in the palm of your hands.
And may the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Amen.

Posted May 24, 2019