December 1, 2016
We are all instruments in this symphony of life. I love St Francis of Assisi’s prayer: “Make me an instrument of (Your) peace.”
On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, we focus on Peace. How many centuries of humans inhabiting the earth have people longed for peace and yet continued to create war? Even elementary schools teach history through the lens of the wars that have been fought.
When will we learn that violence ALWAYS begets violence?! Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is not “making nice” and pretending to agree with each other about everything. It is not ignoring the pain and sorrow and struggles of life.
It is, however, being willing to look inside ourselves and to become aware of the places where we are creating violence within our own beings. It is our internal violence that manifests lack of peace around us, whether in words or bombs. Martin Prechtel says most violence is caused by unhealed grief.
May Unity of Fort Collins be a shining beacon of Hope and Peace in these challenging times. “Yes, there is peace on earth, and yes, it begins with us!”