“If God is the center of your
life, no words are necessary.
Your mere presence will
touch hearts.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

“I am satisfied
to sow in tears
if I may reap
in joy.”

St. Elizabeth Seton

 

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 (UN) General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Below is an excerpt from the UN:

The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them. The virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.

And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” We invite you to join the efforts of the UN family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

Debbie Weber
Director, OPJCC

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