A Wish for Peace: Thinking of Syria on Christmas

December 25, 2011

The ongoing violence against civilians in Syria doesn’t provide the happiest of thoughts on Christmas day. However, I can’t help but think about the plight of the innocent men, women and children now being targeted by the Syrian government and its forces. Because it’s on my mind, I wanted to share the following from Pope Benedict’s Christmas message:

May the Lord come to the aid of our world torn by so many conflicts which even today stain the earth with blood. May the Prince of Peace grant peace and stability to that land where he chose to come into the world, and encourage the resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. May he bring an end to violence in Syria, where so much blood has already been shed. May he foster full reconciliation and stability in Iraq and Afghanistan. May he grant renewed vigor to all elements of societies in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East as they strive to advance the common good.

As people around the world celebrate Christmas (as well as other holidays throughout the month and the New Year), it’s my hope that we can all find solace in the blessings before us and comfort in the presence of our family and friends. For those of us lucky enough to find ourselves safe and secure, we have the opportunity to translate our blessings into action by supporting peace in our own backyard and abroad. For those now at risk–in Syria and elsewhere–it’s my wish that an end to the violence is just around the corner.

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