By Father Bernard Holzer, aa
Around the world, heads of state are using increasingly violent and hostile words, sowing hatred and division.
It’s time to sow peace through simple gestures, and to pray for peace.
Please, find the time to be kind to others, to say “excuse me”, “pardon me”, “thank you”… show interest, give the gift of a smile, speak a word of encouragement, listen amid indifference.
“Kindness facilitates the quest for consensus; it opens new paths where hostility and conflict would burn all bridges.” (“Fratelli Tutti”, 224).
Let's always pray and live the prayer Pope Francis composed in his encyclical « Fratelli Tutti » (Brothers and Sisters, All).
Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams.