September 19, 2016
The United Nations has asked all peoples to unite in prayer and action for peace throughout the world. Ending the numerous “official wars” is often what comes to mind when we think of peace. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. There must be an end to the horrific massacres, exploitation, starvation and modern day slavery so rampant in our world.
We cannot be passive and expect peace making to be the role of politicians only. It brings to mind Martin Luther King when he said, “Be the peace you wish to see.” We are surrounded by a violence we inflict on one another. Our casual language is often peppered with violence; “I hate that person”, “ I could just slap that person.” The verbal examples are endless. We have become immune to them and what we see on TV and at the movies as well. There are so many other forms of violence, indifference, isolation, intolerance, and bigotry. And the list goes on.
Peace is something to be worked at and prayed for and not just on September 21st.
We are each responsible.
We often feel alone and insignificant as we think of the immensity of trying to be peaceful and to bring about peace. The staff and board of directors at The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center are joining in solidarity on the 17th of each month to pray and act peacefully. An email reminder goes out to them along with a very brief ecumenical prayer. If you would like to receive this reminder, please email Sr. Barbara Kennedy, OSM at [email protected].
You will receive nothing else from the Center except this reminder with a short prayer.