Thursday, September 5, 2013
Fast and Pray
I am feeling very hopeless about Syria this week, because while I agree with Pope Francis that the answer is for all the involved parties to put down their arms, forgive the past, and build a relationship for the future based on trust and mutual respect, the sad truth is: I can't even do that in my own relationships, so to expect it of people who have watched their children suffer and die and lived for decades under a repressive government is just so impossible that it's ridiculous to suggest it.
Which is precisely why Pope Francis calls for a day of prayer and fasting this Saturday.
Because it's not the Syrians who are going to be able to do this by themselves. The power of God is the only thing that can achieve it.
How blessed we are to belong to a Church that calls on us (the Brothers and Sisters of those suffering) and asks that we participate in the miracle our world so desperately needs.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.