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January 2016 Prayers for Peace

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace

There are 12 classical world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism. Each of them has its own prayer for peace, despite the fact there have been “religious wars” for centuries.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2010. The United Nations unanimously adopted it. They decided to observe the first week of February every year as World Faith Harmony Week.

On February 1, in just a couple weeks, James Twyman, aka The Peace Troubadour, will be holding his ISIS Prayer Vigil in war-ravaged Syria. He picked that day to coincide with the beginning of 2016’s World Faith Harmony Week.

James will be joined by a large group of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in an area overlooking several rebel-held Syrian villages. There will be millions of people focusing their prayers on the area, and especially on the starving Syrian children. Also, over 2,500 Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will be joining the vigil.

If you haven’t already, please join James and the folks who will be a part of this powerful prayer vigil. You’ll be helping to change the world and achieve humanity’s centuries-old dream of peace on earth. It will take only 15 minutes of  your time on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Click here to join James and all the others. And please tell all your family, friends, coworkers, etc. about the vigil.

In 2016 I believe we will see peace on earth, or at least more meaningful movement toward it. But when we look at our world, especially as reflected in the mainstream news media, peace on earth might seem like an impossible dream.

I’ve chased impossible dreams all my life. Most of them have come true. I believe the dream we all have for world peace will also come true.

Once a month, for all 2016, we will feature the peace prayers of the 12 classical world religions, and several other prominent peace prayers. Today’s post is the first of the series. Then, for all the rest of 2016, we’ll publish these prayers in the second weekend of each month.

Today’s post features one of my personal favorites, The Prayer of Saint Francis. But first, a few words from Spirit:

For those of you who work with numerology, 2016 is a most significant year. The four digits add up to 9, which signifies completion.

To follow up on John’s words, we see this calendar year as the completion of a centuries-long cycle.

While we do not make predictions, we see this calendar year heralding the most meaningful progress toward peace on earth that has ever been made in human history.

That is why your prayers for peace are so critical—to continue the energy and power that has been building for centuries.

Each of you, standing alone in your own light and love, is a powerful force—far beyond what most of you can imagine. All of you, standing together in unity and love, are an invincible force.

The so-called battle between good and evil, between light and dark, is over. Dark is defeated Evil never existed. Light and love prevail.

However, like evil, dark also never really existed. Dark is only the absence of light. As you all move closer to your true selves, your perception of dark just dissolves. That’s all dark has ever been—your perception, not reality.

Only light and love are real. Only God is real. You are all part of that oneness, that divine energy, you might call God.

This is as close as we have ever come to making a prediction: You will see peace on earth in 2016.

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Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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
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
To eternal life

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Do you believe peace on earth is a possible dream? Do prayers for peace make a real difference, especially when we all join together in those prayers?

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Bing Crosby and David Bowie sing this lovely rendition of the classic Christmas song, The Little Drummer Boy, combined with the lyrics of Peace on Earth.

The song was recorded September 11, 1977. Bing died about a month later, on October 14, 1977. As we now know, David died just a week ago, on January 10, 2016.


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In the early 1980s John took a spiritual development course, and was introduced to his first spirit guide, Lydia. After Lydia arrived, three other guides also came to him: Archangel Michael, Tamarra, and Chief Joseph. Today these are John’s four main guides.

Besides his four main ones, John has various other guides. The entire group is really a multidimensional collective consciousness. John refers to the entire group simply as “Spirit.”

© Copyright 2015 John Cali. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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