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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Supporting Students in Times of Crisis

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by tragedy.
Intentional acts of violence that hurt innocent people can be frightening and upsetting to children and youth. Some may feel particularly vulnerable because of their perceived or real association with the victims or the perpetrator. Families and school personnel can support children and youth by establishing a sense of safety and security, helping them to process their thoughts and feelings, and placing the event in the proper context.
  

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Prayer for Peace 

(Adapted from Pope JPII’s Prayer for Peace, 2001)

 

God of infinite mercy and goodness, as we continue to face the horror of destructive violence around the world, we humbly pray to you for Peace. You offer us your peace continually (Jn.14:27) and constantly remind us that peacemakers are blessed, “for they shall be called children of God” (Mt.5:9). May your voice resound in the hearts of all as you call us to follow the path of reconciliation and peace, and to be merciful as you are merciful.
 
We pray for the people of _______________________who are facing tragedy and turmoil in their country (countries). Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision and perseverance needed to build together a world of justice and solidarity, and to break down walls of hostility and division.
 
To you we entrust all families and pray that they may never yield to discouragement and despair, but become heralds of new hope to one another in this challenging time.
 
May you continue to inspire all of us to oneness of heart and mind, to work generously for the common good, to respect the dignity of every person and the fundamental rights which have their origin in the image and likeness of God impressed upon every human being.
 
Grant eternal rest to the dead and quick recovery to the wounded. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen!