The Spirit of Assisi
26 October 1986 – 26 October 2011
There is no path to peace, peace is the path.
Our journey towards peace begins today and every day.
Every sstep is a prayer, every step is a meditation,
every step will build a bridge
Once again we are journeying.
Whoever is my friend today, may he be at peace;
whoever is my enemy, may peace also be in him.
The wise one who seeks the good and has achieved peace,
...loves every living creature.
And if (your enemies) incline to peace,
then incline to it [also] and rely upon Allah.
Q’uran, Sura 8, 61
O great Spirit, I raise my pipe, a sign of peace, towards you, towards your messengers and towards Mother Earth
From the 1986 Assisi prayer of the Native Americans
Almighty God, You are the cornerstone of Peace.
You spirits and ancestors, grant us peace.
From the 1986 Assisi prayer of the African tradition
God of goodness, unite all beings: establish supreme peace.
Bahaullàh of the Baha’i Faith
Be united; speak in harmony
So that our minds may learn in a like manner
May the conclusions of our gathering be accepted by all,
the solution to our problems be held in common,
our deliberations be adopted unanimously
May our sentiments be in line with those of the other beings
May our hearts be united, our intentions be shared in common
Hindu prayer taken from the Upanishads
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.
Q’uran, Sura XLIX, v 13