PRAYER: A Blessing For Terrorists by Pierre Pradervand

blessing for a terrorist

I bless those who are tempted to commit terrorist acts, whether out of despair, hatred, fear, lust for power, or any other tormented human motive.

I bless them in their integrity, that they may discover that the wholeness in themselves cannot be reached at the cost of the wholeness of others.

I bless them in their realization that love is the ultimate law governing the universe and mankind, and that their deepest honest longings can only be reached through the law of love.

I bless them in their awareness that, deep down, they are children of the light, and that terrorist schemes are but an inversion of the light with no true cause, substance, or law behind them.

I bless them in their understanding that the darkness they see or imagine can only be dispelled by light, not by more darkness.

I bless them in their unlimited goodness, kindness, compassion, and caring, which is waiting within to be kindled and brought to full fruition.

I bless them in their grasp of the law of right returns, that they may understand that the good or evil they do to another, they ultimately do unto themselves.

I bless them in their hunger and thirst for righteousness, that it may be fulfilled.

I bless them that any sense of lack they feel may be healed by a clearer consciousness of infinite abundance now; that any restlessness may give way to your peace; that any feeling of insecurity with its attendant aggressiveness or fear may be healed by the sense of your comforting presence; that any sense of separation, clannishness, and loneliness may be assuaged by the understanding that we are all one.

And I bless myself in my awareness that divine Love sees no terrorists, only its perfect reflection, and that this same consciousness can be mine as I understand that behind the veil of appearances, all men and women have one mind, the divine mind.


4 Comments on PRAYER: A Blessing For Terrorists by Pierre Pradervand

  1. I am uncomfortable with this because, just as “support the troops” is used to brainwash the public into supporting war, so these benevolent-sounding homilies can be used to justify hatred of the Islamic world, on whom terrorist acts are usually blamed, while the real villains, often on the payroll of the war-machine, e xit the scene unnoticed.


    • Do you really find this to be benevolent-sounding, Jim? I mean, I can agree that the word “blessing” could give the idea of waving a fairy wand over a problem and wishing it away, or even that is amounts to nothing but a nice thing to say (as in a blessing before a meal). But I didn’t think that of this prayer. I thought that it reached in and touched things that we don’t like to have to admit: that at the bottom of a seemingly broken terrorist is a wholeness that needs to be healed. I think Jesus would want us to see the world this way, even if it’s close to impossible to do so. Also, I will admit to having driven past the Pentagon three or four times a week, bringing my daughter to choir practice, while it still burned. It took months for the fire trucks to leave. I remember crying when I saw that one of the firefighters had put a very small, completely lit Christmas tree on top of the part that was damaged. And, yes, that was Islamic terrorism. But I live near DC. I got to be just down the road from the Navy Yard shooting on that day. (Missed it by a few hours.) A man walked into an agency he didn’t respect and shot the guard on duty. A woman the other day tried to drive her car into the White House. Another man set himself on fire in front of one of the museums on the mall, and eventually died. No one knows why. And this is, in our country, nothing. We have families still mourning the deaths of their little ones. Families crying over their relatives who decided to go to the movie one night. Or to the mall. Or just down the street to buy some milk. We seem to be living in a complete culture of terrorism. But I’m sorry if this prayer offended you.


      • Dear J
        Since you are still an imperfect human, you will not be expected to be infallible, and we can agree to disagree about certain things, especially those of a topical or ephemeral nature. As long as one refrains from basing opinions on the wrong criteria, one shouldn’t get too far off track, should one?


        • Oh, I don’t know, really. I think it’s much more tricky than you imply. I think the smallest thing can create massive results, without our intending it to or even realizing it. Sometimes it takes even more time than we have to be able to understand all the implications of our actions. My belief is that whatever track I am on is the track that I am on, and nothing more. It is all within God. It’s just our ability, or luck (sometimes) that keeps us from falling off into nothingness.


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