As acts of violence in our country and throughout the world have increased this past year, often we feel a sense of futility and helplessness. What can one person do and how can we stop the growing tide of evil and destruction?
One example that anyone can utilize is the power of prayer. This was the sentiment of Dr. Alexis Carrel, a French physician who did much work in the United States and eventually won the Nobel prize for his contributions to medicine. He said; "Too many people regard prayer as a refuge for weaklings or a childish petition for material things.
Properly understood, prayer is mature activity indispensable to the fullest development of personality. When we pray, we link ourselves with the inexhaustible motive power that spins the universe."
Another way is to combine our thoughts and actions to others during the upcoming Campaign Nonviolence that will take place throughout the United States and countries such as the Congo, Australia and Canada.
From September 18 through the 25th, individuals and various communities will join forces against all violence to bring about a culture of peace and a world free of racism, poverty, and environmental destruction.
Last year, the school children from St. John the Baptist Catholic School participated in the Campaign Nonviolence by making and signing a huge banner that said "LONGING FOR PEACE" which was displayed at the Peace Vigil on Third St. and Soscol on September 27, 2015.
This year another Peace Vigil will take place on September 25, from 2-4 pm on the four corners of Third and Soscol Streets. All are most welcome to participate and encouraged to make signs, wear a hat and if desired, a chair.
There are as many ways as there are people and together we can be a powerful force for peace in our lives, our nation and the world.
Mahatma Gandhi said it best. "Non violence is not like a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart and it must be an inseparable part of our very being."