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One Day of Peace 2007

Ring out old shapes of
foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars
of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace.

— Alfred Tennyson

message of Peace

At the beginning of
the new year, I wish to extend prayerful good wishes for peace to Governments,
leaders of nations and all men and women of good will. In a special way, I
invoke peace upon all those experiencing pain and suffering, those living under
the threat of violence and armed aggression, and those who await their human
and social emancipation, having had their dignity trampled upon. I invoke peace
upon children, who by their innocence enrich humanity with goodness and hope,
and by their sufferings compel us all to work for justice and peace. Out of
concern for children, especially those whose future is compromised by
exploitation and the malice of unscrupulous adults, I wish on this World Day of
Peace to encourage everyone to reflect on the theme: The Human Person, the
Heart of Peace. I am convinced that respect for the person promotes peace and
that, in building peace, the foundations are laid for an authentic integral
humanism. In this way a serene future is prepared for coming generations.


. . . May Mary show us, in her Son, the Way of
peace, and enlighten our vision, so that we can recognize Christ’s face in the
face of every human person, the heart of peace!

— Pope Benedict XVI


"Peace  is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is
not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent
repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of
all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."

Oscar Romero


May you, may we, may everyone have a peace of heart that leads to change of heart that leads to peace in the world; the whole wide world.  Amen.


December 2006