By Father Bernard Holzer, aa
As tensions grow around the world, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, urges us to be builders of peace.
In an interview with the Italian geopolitical magazine "Limes", he recently calls us again that in matters of peace, the compass to follow is unique: the Gospel, "proclamation of peace, promise and gift of peace", "all its pages are filled with it. The angels invoke him at the time of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem. He himself wishes it to his family as soon as he is resurrected. The Church follows the example of her Lord: it believes in peace, works for peace, fights for peace, testifies to peace and seeks to build it. In this sense, she is a pacifist."
With him, let us help the Holy Father to build peace in the midst of this "third world war in pieces" that Pope Francis has been talking about for years.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;`
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
(Prayer for Peace of St. Francis of Assisi)