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Monday, May 12, 2014

Let us continue to spread the message of peace. Let us continue to live the spirit of Assisi - Daily Bible Reflections May 12,2014


THE SPIRIT OF ASSISI
 
“I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice.” – John 10:16
 
       It was 1986. Eastern Europe was under the Soviet Union, with its arsenal of nuclear weapons still targeting the West. Pope John Paul II, in a landmark event, brought together 160 religious leaders from all over the world with one common goal: to pray for peace.
       For the first time in history, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, and representatives of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, African and North American animism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism and Baha’i, convened in Assisi. According to the Pope, they were there “to witness before the world, each according to his own conviction, about the transcendent quality of peace.”
       What an achievement! I love the Pope’s clear conviction that “peace bears the name of Jesus Christ” and that the Catholic Church is the first witness of faith in Him, yet still shows deep love and respect for other religions. He believes that “every authentic prayer is called forth by the Holy Spirit, who is mysteriously present in the heart of every person.”
       May we follow his example and respond to his message: “Let us continue to spread the message of peace. Let us continue to live the spirit of Assisi.” Cecil Lim (cez_lim@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “Every quest of the human spirit for truth and goodness, and in the last analysis, for God, is inspired by the Holy Spirit.” (Blessed Pope John Paul II)
 
Spirit of truth and love, guide us on the paths of proclaming Jesus Christ.
 
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs, pray for us.
 

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