17 August 2014 - TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Dear Parishioners

PRAYER FOR TRUE PEACE

This time last year we were on the brink of becoming involved in war in Syria. On the proposal of Pope Francis, there was a world day/weekend of prayer for true peace in this area and for the right decision to be made. And nations drew back from the brink of war.

This year we have a different and much more serious threat to peace, civilization and (among other faiths) Christianity. The militants known as ‘Is’ or ‘Isis’ are flagrantly, brutally and cruelly killing, and driving from their homes people by the thousand. It is said that some towns have no Christians: the choice often being ‘join Islam’ or go/die. And this interpretation of Islam is far from its true practice and belief. We urgently need to pray that better ways prevail. Next Thursday our Holy Hour will be specifically dedicated to the establishment of true peace in Iraq and Syria, that those who hold views of such violence may by the Grace of God be converted to ways of true peace and justice. Let us pray also that the innocent may not suffer and that this violent brand of militant Islam may not spread, as is the threat, to the whole world, and overwhelm it. Next Sunday’s Gospel proclaims that the gates of Hell shall not prevail over Christ’s Church. We believe that this is so: let us pray with love for the violent that they become true people of peace.

Boniface OSB

 

 

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