As people everywhere direct their prayers and thoughts to the victims of the November 13th tragic terror attacks in Paris, the Niagara Catholic DSB shared with their school community the prayer offered by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris which we share here for all Catholic school communities:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit….

“For those who were killed and for their families, for the injured and their loved ones and for those who are hard at work assisting them, for the police forces who face formidable challenges, and for our leaders and country, so that together we will remain in unity and peace of heart.

Faced with the violence of men, may we receive the grace of a firm heart, without hatred.

May the moderation, temperance and control that has been shown so far, be confirmed in the weeks and months to come; let no one indulge in panic or hatred.

We ask that grace be the artisan of peace. We need never despair of peace if we build on justice.”

United with the global community, let us now take a moment in silence to pray for peace in our world.…(1 minute of silence).

For all of these intentions, we pray the Prayer of Saint Francis,

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.