Weekly Reflection

  • Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.   (Thomas Merton)

  • I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • January 7 – 13:  National Migration Week   

    If the ‘dream’ of a peaceful world is shared by all, if the refugees’ and migrants’ contribution is properly evaluated, then humanity can become more and more a universal family and our earth a true ‘common home’. (St. John Paul II)

  • World Day of Prayer for Peace – January 1  

    Peace firstly means there are no wars…but it also means that there is friendship between all, that every day a step ahead is made for justice, so that there are no more children who are hungry, that there are no more sick children who do not have the possibility of receiving healthcare. Doing all of this means making peace. (Pope Francis)

  • Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.   (Neal A. Maxwell)

     

  • At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.  (St. Teresa of Calcutta)

  • It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us. What we do will either hasten or slow, sharpen or dim our own commitment to do our part to bring it.  (Sister Joan Chittister)

  • It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open the doors of hope.  (Pope Benedict XVI)

  • We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. This means we are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.  (St. Clare of Assisi)

  • Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people.   (John F. Kennedy)

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