International Day of Peace (Peace Day)
“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” St. Francis of Assisi
September 21 is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day). The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It is a day of non-violence and ceasefire.
Non-violence can be personal or political. Consider making room in your heart and speaking peacefully with those with whom you disagree. Reflect respect. Throw no stones. Encounter others with a tone and posture that says “You too are a child of God.”
Ceasefire can also be personal or political. Consider taking this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as to impact the larger conflicts of our time.
Consider one of our Catholic Social Teachings:
“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.” USCCB
Imagine what would happen if aggressiveness were transformed into openness and confrontations were turned into thoughtful conversations. Imagine what a whole day of ceasefire would mean to humankind.
Debbie Weber, director