praying for unity and peace

Can you imagine a world in which people truly live in peace with one another?

The organizers of the World Sabbath Day seek a world in which religious wars are a thing of the past, a world in which people of all faiths have an attitude of respect for one another.

Here’s what they say on their website:

Consider the large voice of world turmoil viewed daily in the media, as well as in the streets. In all countries of the world, people of every faith experience the pain of religious war and persecution, whether it is delivered to their t.v. screens or to their doorsteps.

How can we turn voices of war into voices of peace? It is not enough to sit in our comfortable homes and blame others.

…A unique opportunity is presented to us, one that can rekindle the still small voice of religious reconciliation in the world. It is the observance of World Sabbath, a call to prayer on a holy day of peace, love and rejoicing. The World Sabbath brings people of diverse beliefs together, to experience a moment of unity, and to celebrate with the children as they raise their banners of peace on high.

No matter what our beliefs, living in a attitude of peace is required of us. As Catholic Christians especially, we are called to “recognize the goodness and truth” in other religions. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear:

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:

All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .

843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”

We are also called to live in peace with our neighbor, even if his beliefs are different from our own.

Those in the Detroit area might be interested in attending the World Sabbath Day service, which will be held at the Church of the Holy Family in Novi this Sunday at 4 p.m.

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