An individual can march for peace or vote for peace and can have, perhaps, some small influence on global concerns. But the same individual is a giant in the eyes of a child at home. If peace is to be built, it must start with the individual. It is built brick by brick.
Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Monday, December 7 | Advent Week Two
Advent is a time to notice the longing that runs through the silent crevices in our souls. It helps us learn to wait in patience for that longing to be filled rather than hiding it or numbing it by shuffling through the mall, standing in front of the open refrigerator, or sitting stone-like in front of the television. Advent is also a time to embrace silence and stillness in order to see more clearly and hear more keenly the movement of the Spirit of God. Finally, Advent is a time to rejoice with hope and expectation that what we say we believe will, in fact, be revealed in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our lives.
Can you identify an area of your life where you long for peace?
Can you think of a situation in your community that cries out for justice?
What would happen if you let those longings have a foothold in your heart?
Lunes, 7 de diciembre | – Adviento Segunda Semana
El adviento es un tiempo para notar los deseos que corren por los huecos silencios de nuestras almas. Nos ayuda a aprender a esperar pacientemente para que ese deseo se llene mejor que esconderlo o ignorarlo yendo de compras, comiendo demasiado, o viendo demasiada televisión. El adviento es el tiempo de adoptar el silencio y la tranquilidad para ver más claramente y escuchar mejor el movimiento del espíritu de Dios. Finalmente, el adviento es el tiempo para gozar con esperanza y expectativa que lo que creemos se revelará en los momentos extraordinarios y ordinarios de nuestras vidas.
¿Puede identificar un área en su vida donde quiere paz?
¿Puede pensar en una situación en su comunidad donde se grita que haiga justicia?
¿Qué pasaría si deja que esos deseos lleguen a su corazón?