Prayer of a weary people

One of the petitions in the prayers of the people this morning was "that the people of the world grow weary of war." Naturally I was busy rewriting it even as the Lord was invoked.

Really! the Syrians must be more than weary. Also the Afghanis and Iraqis. The American people are weary of starting and conducting wars. The U.S. military is really tired of war. And the President, who looked exhausted at Friday's press conference, is certainly more than weary of war.

So I rewrote the petition: "that the U.S. Congress grow weary of war." Let us pray.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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