Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Our Lady of Peace

On this memorial of Our Lady of Peace, we offer our prayers for peace on Earth and good will toward men.

Two things seem worth keeping in mind:

1. Many of those who support the war in Iraq desire peace every bit as much as those who don't and agonize over the ravages of war just as much as those who oppose the war; and many of those who oppose the war feel just as much for the people if Iraq as those who support the war and agonize over their oppression under the dictatorship of the Butcher of Bagdad just as much as those who support the war: reasonable people can disagree over the prudence of the means, but men of good will are united in their desire: peace, which is not just the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.

2. Iraq is only one place in the world where the Peace of Our Lady does not reign. The Sudan continues to be characterized by brutality as do many other hot spots in Africa.

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