Thank you, Holy Father!

 

DON’T STOP NOW

Barely two days after the entire world joined together, at the urging of our Holy Father,  to pray for peace, the nation’s race toward physical retaliation against Syria has not only subsided, but has, indeed, been reversed…no less than a miracle.

 

In a completely unexpected turn around, which has news anchors grasping for by-lines, it seems that the entire world, even those who are not counted as our allies,  or even friends, is reaching out for peace.

 

Thank you, Pope Francis, for bringing us all together
– all of us – from many and diverse faiths, to pray for peace.

 

We cannot stop now!  Let us continue to intercede for peace.  Let us make up our minds right now to turn every trial, ever suffering every bit of discomfort or inconvenience into sacrifices made in faith and trust in God as we continue to reach across lines of culture, race and religion to our brothers and sisters and KEEP PRAYING FOR PEACE!

 

Here are the words of our Holy Father, made in his post-Angelus remarks on September 8, 2013:


“I would like to thank everyone who, in various ways, joined in the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting yesterday evening. I thank the many people who united the offering of their sufferings. I express my gratitude to the civil authorities, as well as to the members of other Christian communities and of other religions, and to men and women of good will who have undertaken, on this occasion, periods of prayer, fasting and reflection.


But the task remains: we move forward with prayer and works of peace.  I invite you to continue to pray so that the violence and devastation in Syria may cease immediately and that a renewed effort be undertaken to achieve a just solution to this fratricidal conflict. Let us pray also for other countries in the Middle East, in particular for Lebanon, that it may find its hoped-for stability and continue to be a model of peaceful co-existence; for Iraq, that sectarian violence may give way to reconciliation; and that the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians may proceed with determination and courage. Finally, let us pray for Egypt, that all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, may commit themselves to build up together a society dedicated to the good of the whole population.


The search for peace is long and demands patience and perseverance!

 

Let us keep praying for this!”

Keep Praying for Peace!

Keep Praying for Peace!

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER & FASTING FOR PEACE

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We will win…not with guns because evil devours itself.

If love doe not win out, the Nazis will come back
but under a different name.”

 (Blessed John Paul II)

 

 

“Since we are forced to fight for the truth let us embrace with love
the enemies of the truth and commend them to divine mercy.”

(Pope Saint Pius X)

 

 

“Deus vult exorari, God wants to be asked.”

(Dietrich Von Hildebrand, The Sacred Heart, Source of Christian Affectivity
Helicon Press, Inc., 1965, Part Three, Chapter One, Pg. 170)

 

 

 

“Take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented…
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must always take sides.  Sometimes we must interfere when human lives are in danger,
when human dignity is in danger.”
(Elie Weisel, Holocaust Survivor, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient)

 

 

 “Peacemaking is not an appeasement ….
when fellowship is broken, plan a peace conference immediately…
delay only deepens resentment and makes matters worse.”
(Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life)

 

“People are bad because they are afraid and unhappy and,
because of this they, are driven to violence and destruction
and finally self destruction…

The evil of our times must be opposed by reconstructing
the sacred value of man…
It is not enough for man to say, ‘I am free,’ unless he says,
‘I am responsible’……..”

(Blessed John Paul II)

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Lumen Fidei

“Humanity renounced the search for a great light,
Truth itself,
in order to be content with smaller lights
which illumine the fleeting moment
yet prove incapable of showing the way…..

A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves
but from a more primordial source:
in a word,
it must come from God.”

(Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei)

THE LIGHT OF FAITH

Every Day

It is good for us to remember that God is faithful!
He keeps His promises to us.

A great way to start each day is to recall,
focus and contemplate on
the promises of God
using the beautiful words spoken by
the father of John the Baptist,
at his birth.

Take these words of Zeccariah’s prayer
and use them as a dialog
between yourself and God,
as follows:

 

The Benedictus is taken from Luke 1: 68-70

You, to God:

Blessed are You, Lord, God of Israel
You have come to us and set us free

 

You have raised up for us a mighty savior
Born of the house of Your servant David

 

Through Your holy prophets You promised of old
That You would save us from our enemies,
From the hands of all who hate us

 

You promised to show mercy to our Fathers
And to remember Your holy covenant.

 

This is the oath You swore to our Father, Abraham
To set us free from our enemy’s hands,
Free to worship You without fear
Holy and righteous in Your sight
all the days of our lives!

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God to you:

And you, My child will be called My Prophet
For you will go before Me to prepare My way,
To give My people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins!

 

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You to God:

In Your tender compassion, oh God,
The dawn from on high will break upon us
To shine on us who dwell in darkness
And in the shadow of death
And to guide our feet on the way of peace!

 

 

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