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9/27/2013 9:39:00 AM
A day for peace
Clinton Franciscans photo
Franciscans from Clinton, Iowa attend peace rally.
Clinton Franciscans photo
Franciscans from Clinton, Iowa attend peace rally.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

The Sisters of St. Francis Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking this month celebrated International Day of Peace.

It was begun by the United Nations to strengthen the ideals of peace.  

All are invited to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day.  Everyone should pause, reflect and consider how best to break the vicious cycle of violence that conflict creates.

Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event.

The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace is immense, and does make a difference.

Take every opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire, literally and figuratively would mean to humankind. Imagine what a week, a year, a lifetime of a commitment to peace would mean for each of us.  Let’s make it a reality.  

Sr. Anne Martin Phelan  
Clinton, Iowa

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