Posts Tagged ‘peace’

“Blessed are the Peacemakers”

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Last week we reflected on Jesus’ teaching on the Beatitudes and learned that by their contradiction to the ways of the world, they inherently call us to conversion – to turn to the way of the Lord and see with eyes of faith. In light of the scourge of war and other acts of violence […] [Read more]

The Tender Compassion of our God

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of […] [Read more]

Pray for Peace

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This has been a difficult summer across the globe – in addition to ongoing unrest in Israel and Palestine, and the shooting down of a passenger airplane over Ukraine, a couple of weeks ago, we saw the expulsion of Christians from their homes in Mosul, Iraq.  At that time, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […] [Read more]

The Scourge of War, the Blessing of Peace

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

One hundred years ago this week began what is perhaps the greatest calamity in mankind’s history.  They called it the “Great War” and later a “World War.”  Before it was over, more than 16 million people would be slain and another 20 million wounded.  Moreover, the stage was set for an even greater conflagration, followed […] [Read more]

Joined in a Prayer for Peace

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As you may know, Pope Francis has proclaimed tomorrow, September 7, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. He reminds us that peace is a precious gift that needs to be promoted and protected. As citizens of the United States, we have particular responsibility in […] [Read more]

Turn to Jesus in Times of Chaos

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Sometimes the events of our lives and the world can make us feel as though we live in the midst of uncontrolled chaos and darkness, whether at the hands of others or as a result of accidents or acts of nature.  This week is certainly one of those times as we have witnessed the devastating […] [Read more]

Clearing a Space for Christ during Advent

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

What is on your list?  It is a familiar question at this time of year.  Parents ask it of children, spouses ask it of one another, colleagues bring it up over coffee at the office.  Some of us make lists of gifts we need to purchase, Christmas cards we want to send, groceries we need […] [Read more]

Bringing the Light of Advent to “Black Friday”

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The use of the term, “Black Friday,” to identify the day after Thanksgiving has always struck me as appropriate given how swiftly our society turns its attention from thanking God for our many blessings to scrambling to the stores in the middle of the night to find a bargain on the “perfect gift” for Christmas.  […] [Read more]