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Guide our feet into the way of peace

  In the verses from Luke's gospel known as "The Canticle of Zechariah" or the "Benedictus", Zechariah tells his young son, the future John the Baptist, that he will be a prophet of the Most High. He will prepare the way, so that when He comes, He will "give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, our feet into the way of peace."  As we embark on this year of grace 2021, it is a perfect time to ask Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to guide our own feet in the way of peace. All of us are surrounded by conflict, division, distress, anger, and even hatred. People are fearful, and this fear makes them act in ways unthinkable under "normal" circumstances. The immensity of this situation is daunting.  One might recall here the prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, asking that God will "make me a channel of Your peace". We are not asked to solve all the world's problems single-handedly. We are asked to

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