What I want to believe

I refuse to believe that man can be a prisoner of hatred, of racism, and of war. I believe that love, brotherhood, and peace can become a reality.
I will never believe in a God who would love suffering, who would regret having given man freedom, who would save only Christians.
I do not believe that even the guilty man, condemned and proud, can irrevocably be cut off from God’s mercy.
I believe in God.
I believe that he is living, in spite of his silence and his reserve.
I believe he created us for happiness and for life, despite evil and suffering. I believe that he is Father, despite the limitations of my reason and of my heart.
I believe in Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary.
He lived among us as a free man.
He loved meeting each person whom he saw as unique in this world.
He believed in each person and gave each one the chance to live his life through love.
He is the one whom Peter recognized as the Christ, the Son of the living God.
He loved to the point of being handed over, arrested, judged, condemned, executed without fleeing from the hatred united against him, without entangling his enemies in their maneuvers.
He was able to pardon them because they did not know what they were doing.
But God, his Father, did not abandon him to death, he resurrected him, Peter and the disciples are the witnesses of this act.
I believe in the Holy Spirit whom Jesus gives us : he gives sight to the blind ; he gives an inner freedom stronger that all bars ; he permits each of us to communicate with others. He sends us on the path that engages us to serve others, following the example of Jesus.
I believe that God entrusts the Church with the task of announcing to all men the love with which He loves them, the faith that bestows liberty and hope, faith according to which nothing is ever lost.

Prayer prepared by the detainees in the prison at Bois d’Arcy (Yvelines)