On September 7th, Pope Francis invited to the world to join him in a vigil for peace. This time of prayer served as a response to the growing conflict in Syria. Pope Francis’ brief homily focused on the necessity and the beauty of peace while he boldly proclaimed that we need to recognize that war and violence are not the methods of peace, but rather we must look to the example of Christ on the cross. He issued the challenge: is peace possible and do we want it?
“I would like for each one of us, from the least to the greatest, including those called to govern nations, to respond: Yes, we want it! My Christian faith urges me to look to the Cross. How I wish that all men and women of good will would look to the Cross if only for a moment! There, we can see God’s reply: violence is not answered with violence, death is not answered with the language of death. In the silence of the Cross, the uproar of weapons ceases and the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue, and peace is spoken.”
I highly recommend that you take five minutes and read the entire homily. Our Holy Father continues to inspire us with his wisdom and courage in leading the Church. For the full text of the homily click here.