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!”