A real and lasting peace will only be possible “on the basis of a global ethic of solidarity and cooperation in the service of a future shaped by interdependence and shared responsibility in the whole human family”. (FT 127)
Peace is not only the absence of conflict. It is an invitation to accept and celebrate differences, be inclusive, respect, recognize and listen to others in search of calm and union with a spirit of understanding and fraternity, and a collaboration with Jesus and his mission for God’s Kingdom in these challenging times. These are possible through self-awareness as it allows us to realize that the eagerness to contribute change comes from ourselves and our conscious decisions.
The Founder had total faith in God’s love for all. No matter how many challenges arose, people abandoned him, or poverty left the cupboards bare, De La Salle knew that God provides. In the early days of the Institute, De La Salle insisted that the first Brothers be aware of God’s wisdom because He does everything for and with us. It is time to reaffirm our conviction that great things are possible through our fraternal communion.
As we continue to choose and rise for peace, with our world being affected by the circumstances of war and conflict and all other societal ills we are still facing; now is the time to call for action. We need to build new paths to peace, together and by association.