Lord of reconciliation, knowing all too well the fragility of peace and reconciliation, we pray for Sudan. Bless the peoples of the new Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. In your divine wisdom, you know so intimately the history of Sudan with its violence and missed opportunities for reconciliation.
Guide the leaders of South Sudan in their task of building a nation. May they have wisdom, compassion, and strength! We pray that they will lead with justice and compassion toward the most impoverished. Help them to make the most of the goodwill and friendships toward South Sudan that have been established throughout the world. We pray in Jesus’ name.
(Photo: Peter Balleis SJ/JRS)