Beneficiaries of the Missionaries of Charity feeding program in Madagascar. Photo by David Snyder for CRS
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
- A.J. Muste, non-violence and social justice advocate
We all participate in Christmas traditions that convey a hope for peace. Many of us celebrate the holidays by sharing meals with family and friends, a gathering of peace. We sing carols with lyrics that invite us to pray for peace throughout the world. Today and tomorrow, our mealtimes will be eaten in solidarity with one another. Catholics worldwide will nourish our bodies with food and our souls with the Holy Eucharist; such unity is an image of peace. During midday Christmas Eve in Turku, Finland, the mayor reads a Christmas peace declaration, which is broadcast countrywide. In light of the chaos in our world this year, what would your Christmas peace declaration say?
Generous God, teach me to treasure the gifts of community and peace you bestow upon us. Amen.
Take a moment to pause amid the busyness of your preparations, a peaceful moment, and pray for peace in our hearts, in our families and communities, and in our world. As our attention turns to the babe born in a manger in Bethlehem, invite your family to join the prayer service, Bringing Peace to the Holy Land.