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Being an instrument of peace

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

by Sister Laura Zelten

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Pope Francis is calling for this Saturday to be a day of prayer and fast for peace in Syria. As I heard the President speak this past week my heart was sad. I can't imagine that military force is the answer to peace. And I must admit I don't have all the facts or answers. But it made me think about how I am called to be a person who speaks peace in a world where violence is very visible. As a Franciscan my life is based on the Gospel and the Rule of St. Francis:

"Within themselves, let them always make a dwelling place and home for the one who is Lord God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so that, with undivided hearts, they may increase in universal love by continually turning to God and to neighbor." (Chapter 2 of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis)

Do I pray for peace daily? Do I respond in a nonviolent way to the violence around me? Are my words and actions of peace? May we pray with undivided hearts that for love of our neighbor we may find a peaceful way to end the conflict in Syria and see the face of Christ in our brothers and sisters around the world.

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