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Wednesday of Hope – Hopefulness Is Not Romantic

The United Nations was established in Hope

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction./ And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

– Howard Zinn

Spy Wednesday

One can't murder murder through killing

One can’t murder murder through killing

On “Spy Wednesday” – so called because it is the day before Judas, the traitor, sold Jesus out for a bag of silver, these words from Martin Luther King, Jr., are most appropriate.

Through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

– Martin Luther King

We Pray for Peace

Today on United Nations Day we pray for peace.

O Loving Creator,we remember that war and violence continue tomaim, kill and destroy. Hundreds of thousands of human beings look at their sisters and brothers over the barrels of guns, cannons and missiles.Help us to hear your voice that counsels forgiveness,compassion, patience and dialogue. Help us to “thirstafter ever greater justice,” so that we might contributeto a peaceful world. Help us to act on behalf of peace,not only today, but all of the days of our life.
Amen.
United Nations General Assembly Chambers

United Nations General Assembly Chambers

The prayer is adapted from Education for Justice.

How Can We Be Peace in the World?

I so admire the work of Etty Hillesum – the depth of her spirituality in the face of the Nazi death camps was extraordinary. On this day, Memorial Day, that we celebrate the women and men who have fought to protect us, we pray for the day when we may all experience peace and we will “study war no more.” Perhaps Etty can show us a way there.

Ultimately we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. The more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.

Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life: the Journal of a Young Jewish Woman

This globe at the U.N. building in New York expresses the hope of peace in our world

This globe at the U.N. building in New York expresses the hope of peace in our world

It’s Not About Where You’re From

We put a lot of importance in ethereal things like status and material things like money. But it’s not about what we have or where we’re from. It’s how we live our lives. In Saturday’s Gospel reading from the 11th chapter of Luke, we read:

While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

How shall we then live?
Sculpture found at the UN Building in New York