Prayer For Peace by St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love
where there is wrong,
I may bring the spirit of forgiveness
where there is discord, I may bring harmony
where there is error, I may bring truth
where there is doubt, I may bring faith
where there is despair, I may bring hope
where there are shadows, I may bring light
where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to
comfort than to be comforted
to understand, than to be understood
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.
Wars between Russia and Ukraine, coups in African countries, territorial disputes in China, and now the front has expanded to the Middle East. On October 7, Israel was attacked by Hamas, the ruling force in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, a “prison with only the sky open,” water, electricity, and even fuel were completely cut off. The Gaza Strip residents, with 2.3 million people trapped inside, have nowhere to escape disaster. Every time I hear of a tragedy like this, I pray.
And what should artists do in times like this?
Visual arts are not bound by barriers of nationality, language or even culture and have an inherently universal nature that contributes greatly to the concept of peace. Just as the dove has been universally recognized as a symbol of peace since Pablo Picasso first used it as a symbol of the First World Peace Conference in Paris in 1949, visual art has the power to connect individual hearts regardless of external differences. I have .
As an artist, an artist can deliver a message for peace.
Art can serve as a means of fostering understanding and empathy between different cultures and communities, as it often transcends language and cultural barriers. It can provoke thought and dialogue, raising awareness about the importance of peace and conflict resolution.
This is also a reason why, as artists, we should not neglect our efforts for peace.
Myungja Anna Koh