December 11, 2010 Saturday of the Second Week of Advent
Today, we remember St. Damasus I, a pope who led the Church through some difficult times in its early history. Learn more about St. Damasus I, and another saint—St. Jerome, to whom his story is linked.
Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Peace
O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge.
In preparation for the World Day of Peace, use this reflection guide and reflect on the peace canticles of Isaiah (Is 2:2-5, Is 11:1-10), and how the words of the great prophet relate to our world today
St. Damasus lived in a time of political turmoil but maintained true to his faith. Learn how Catholic teaching can help form our consciences and help us to be faithful citizens in our country and our world.