An invitation to pray for peace in the Holy Land from Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga
Pope Francis has invited Middle Eastern leaders to his home at the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land this Pentecost Sunday.
On his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Pope said, “All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. All of us – especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples – have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers.”
As Caritas we are many, but we are one. We work in unity, but not in uniformity and we constantly seek harmony in the face of great challenges.
We work in countries wracked by war and injustice. We witness first-hand the fallout of conflict and disaccord and it is tempting to fall into the mentality of “What can I do? This problem is too big for me, for my organisation and the global network.”
But our mission is one of love and of encounter, one of going out into the streets and “getting our hands dirty”, in the spirit of the Church of Pope Francis.
I invite you and your communities to lay yourselves open to the Holy Spirit this Sunday and to pray for wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
It is with these gifts of the Holy Spirit that we can leave the Upper Room and go out as messengers of peace.
Yours in Christ,
Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B.
President, Caritas Internationalis
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