The search for peace is an open-ended task, a responsibility that never ends and that demands the commitment of everyone.
~ Pope Francis (October 9, 2017) ~
Countries around the world set aside a day each year to commemorate the sacrifices of soldiers in the pursuit and defense of peace. For Canadians, it is known as Remembrance Day and is observed on November 11, but in other countries it may be called Armistice Day or Veterans Day, and may fall on a different date. Regardless of the name or the date, the themes of this solemn day are the same: sacrifice, gratitude, honor, and peace.
Our Holy Father has shared with us that we must not look at the pursuit of peace as something that is part of our past and that rests on the shoulders of the military. As we pause on the 11th hour of the 11th day of this 11th month, let us all remember and be grateful for the women and men who have served the world in the name of peace. Let us then continue to honor their sacrifices by personally committing to being instruments of peace to this world as members of a global community.
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.