NO INSTANT SOLUTIONS, CONT’D

I gave you the Peace Prayer the other day. Today we will start talking about how to pray it and use it for the good our ourselves, our neighbors and our Country.

We are asking for a great spiritual gift in the Peace Prayer. We are asking to live a life of gospel holiness, deep faith, compelling hop and self-giving love. We are asking to serve God and our brother and sisters. We are asking to be disciples.

Do we really want to pray such a prayer? Many of us are like the young Augustine: he was moved to ask God to make him chase and holy–but not just yet! Perhaps it would be more realistic to lower our goals this Lent and ask to be faithful in, say, the Ten Commandments rather then aspiring to become a self-giving instrument of God’s peace.

No, the reach of our prayers must exceed the grasp. There may be times when we don’t feel like praying a prayer that seems to put us on the spot as this one does. Yet we realize that we are called anew each day to live the gospel. We realize also that our responses of faith, ultimately are based on our will rather than on our feelings. We choose this, knowing full well that we may not be ready to choose it with our whole heart and soul. If we pray only when our faint heart conforms to all the aspirations of our prayer, how much praying would we do?

This Lent, let us humbly accept that, in our frailty, our prayer isn’t always as wholehearted as we’d like, and that, even on our best days, our weak wills may seem to be hedging.

So, folks, do we start praying and acting the St. Francis Peace Prayer? Do we start to change this Country, do we ask our teachers and our children to start acting the St. Francis Peace Prayer?  Do we start to being love, honesty, respect and hope back to this Country and our children? Do we do what really needs to be done to stop violence everywhere?

PRAYER;  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 and where there is sadness, joy.

Give and show love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy to the people around you today. If you are a teacher, please start with your family then the children at school. God bless you all.

 

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NO INSTANT SOLUTIONS TO SHOOTINGS

IN THIS COUNTRY EVERYONE WANTS INSTANT SOLUTIONS TO EVERYTHING. WELL, IN THE CASE OF THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, THERE ARE NONE.

The problem with the anger and hopelessness that causes a person to shoot children in a school has been a long time coming.  If the parents, teachers, governors and congress and especially the news media stood back and too a good look at the reasons surrounding the shootings instead of blaming guns, changes could take place.  Think about this, every person shooting up a school has been full of anger, hurt, and hopelessness.  Does anyone ever ask why?  How many people in that particular school, children included, treated that person rudely, bullied him, made fun of him, treated him without respect, took away his hope?  And I know this happens every day in schools across this country.  Most people cope and move on, some can’t, and the anger boils over.

I suggest every person in every school in this country start living the St. Francis Prayer:

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; and where there is sadness, joy.   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.

Do you think this would make a difference?  Of course, this would mean this country and our schools would have to allow God to help make a difference.  It’s been over 50 years since we have taken God out of our schools, stopped teaching respect and love, it may take many years to recover, but we could start now, but only if those in charge, parents, teachers, governors, congress, and especially the news media would admit it’s not guns causing the problems, it’s no RESPECT, LOVE, CONSIDERATION AND HOPE.

More in my next blog.  The how too.