A PRAYER FOR SOCIETY (by St. John XXIII)

O Jesus, come back into our society,

our family life, our souls

and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.

Enlighten with the splendor of faith

and the charity of your tender heart

the souls of those who work

for the good of the people, for your poor.

Impart in them your own spirit,

a spirit of discipline, order and gentleness,

preserving the flame of enthusiasm

ever alight in their hearts.

May that day come very soon,

when we shall see you

restored to the center of civic life,

borne on the shoulders of your joyful people.

Amen

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