21 September 2018
St Matthew, apostle
Priests, religious and lay people
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“peace is a gift of God entrusted to us”
This was the theme chosen by St John Paul II for the World Day of prayer in 1982. Peace is indeed God’s gift but also a task. In fact, he adds: “God’s gift of peace is therefore also at all times a human conquest and achievement”.
There is, in each one of us, a deep desire for peace: inner peace, peace in our families, in our country and in the whole world.
Fifty years’ ago, launching the day of prayer for peace, Blessed Paul VI wrote: “Peace cannot be based on a false rhetoric of words… Nor can one rightly speak of peace where no recognition or respect is given to its solid foundations: namely, sincerity, justice and love…” Continue reading “Call for a week of prayer for Peace in the country”