Could the texts of the Sacred Liturgy this weekend be more apt? Pope Francis has asked that we pray and fast for peace in the world (and for the people of Ukraine in particular) this week- and in particular on Ash Wednesday:

COLLECT (8th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

Grant us, O Lord, we pray,

that the course of our world

may be directed by your peaceful rule

and that your Church may rejoice, untroubled in her devotion.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever. Amen.