A Year After Iraq Catholic Just War Doctrine

As John Paul noted in his message for the 2004 World Day of Peace, today “men and women, in the face of the tragedies that continue to afflict humanity, are tempted to yield to fatalism, as if peace were an unattainable ideal.” The Church, however, has an “axiom,” as the Pope calls it: “Peace remains possible. And if peace is possible, it is also a duty!”

I know a family in the midst of turmoil. Difficult decisions being made that affect the lives of young people. Difficult conversations, difficult choices – none of them easy or wonderful – and as a microcosm of the human family, this family finds itself in pain and disillusionment.

And I wonder when at the grassroots level, each member of the family will be able to talk to each other with patience, love and respect. I wonder when we will be able to bare our hearts to show one another the love that we hope motivates all our choices. When will we be able to put the wounds on the table and gaze with healing love at each other and know that even we are not enough for each other.

I know this family, because it’s mine. Maybe it’s yours as well?