Each year at this time we prepare for the New Year and in the Church also for World Peace Day. The Holy Father greets all Catholics with his message of peace, asking us all to be messengers of the culture of life and peace, as does the recent editorial in the Catholic Times.
In the Pope's peace
message, entitled "Blessed are the Peacemakers," he notes that because
we all have a desire for peace we have both a right to its blessings
and a duty to work for its attainment, despite the continual threat of
bloody conflicts and war.
"It is alarming to see," he says, "hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between
rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish
and individualistic mindset, which also finds expression
in an unregulated financial capitalism. In addition to the varied forms of
terrorism and international crime, peace is also endangered by those forms of
fundamentalism and fanaticism that distort the true nature of religion, which aims to
foster fellowship and reconciliation among people.... In effect, our times--marked by globalization,
with its positive and negative aspects, as well as the
continuation of violent conflicts and threats of war--demand a new, shared commitment in pursuit of the
common good and the development of all men, and
of the whole man."
The pope sees our universal desire for peace
as being part of God's plans for the world. Having been created with
this desire, it's only natural for us to make efforts to achieve it;
peace is the fruit of the gift of life we have received. Peace allows us
to live with others in fruitfulness, in fellowship and sharing. A necessary condition for its reception is to breakdown the dogmatic acceptance of relativism.
order to be a worker for peace, according to the editorial, we have to
be in continuous communication with God. We are then able to bring
light into the darkness that engulfs peace, overcoming evil in its many
guises: egotism, violence, greed, hate, injustice, to name only a few.
Those who are working for their eradication are the protectors of
In the world today, as the pope has mentioned, with its
injustice and violence, abortion and euthanasia, and the like, we are
violating the dignity of the person. And the clearest example of this
occurs when we accept the culture of death. It is the task of Christians
to work for the undoing of this culture of death. When we act against human dignity, we cannot foster happiness and peace. Let us in the new year be workers for peace.
Happy New Year