We begin our reflections and prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It was 62 years ago around this time Sadako Sasaki died. She was two years old when her home in Hiroshima, Japan was destroyed by an atomic bomb. She later developed radiation sickness from the blast and died at the age of ten. Sadako was inspired by a folk tale that said that if you made 1000 paper cranes that your wish for healing would come true. She died after making 644 cranes. Her classmates completed the project to honour her memory. These paper cranes have become peace symbols. People around the world have learned how to fold these paper cranes and use them to remind us of the need for peace in our world, our communities, and in our schools.A Paper Crane Prayer
Let peace begin with me,
From the folds of my heart may I remove anger;
Take away the sharp edges of my words;
Let the creases of bitterness never line my face;
But, loving God,
let the wings of my soul carry a message of peace to the world
and the people I meet each day. Amen
Let us close our prayers by calling on our Mother Mary, our Lady of Peace to be with us today.
Full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, Pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.