Make Me an Instrument of Peace -Homily
August 17, 2014
may wonder what we can do for peace, or even if there is anything to do. Let me
share some reflections about that.
Peace is a gift of God.
War is the
consequence of injustice, and injustice is a consequence of sin. The only one
who can take away the sins of the world is Jesus. Without him we can do nothing
(cf. John 15:5), let alone to purify
our hearts. If there is no forgiveness of sins, there is no hope for peace. If
there is no forgiveness among men and women, there will never be peace. We need
to ask God for forgiveness and the ability to forgive each other, for us first
and for others as well.
What can we do?
In order to
prepare ourselves to receive the gift of peace there are many things we can do.
Ask for forgiveness; forgive a person who did wrong to you; stop doing
something that you know it is unjust, even if it seems a little thing; try to
help those who suffer any kind of injustice; teach children to be just, for
example not to lie. Our prayer for peace will be heard if we work for peace. There
is something only God can do, but he also wants us to do our part.
Things do not
change when structures change, but when people change. People change one at a
time. The first person who has to change is myself. Then I may help another
If we want
peace, we have to make peace first in our heart: peace with God. We need his
forgiveness first. Then we can be an instrument of peace. Only then we will be
able to turn the other cheek, to forgive as we ourselves have been forgiven. We
will share with others the peace we have received from God.
An army or a
bomb will not produce but the peace of death.
Only forgiveness, justice and education will do. We all can do something about
that. Let’s do it, before it is too late for us. –Fr. Andrew
3 minute Food-for-Thought August 2014
is the most popular month for weddings. In the US, 2.3 million couples wed
every year, which breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day. In Canada 49% of
weddings will occur between July and September. One can easily conclude that
marriage is still a popular institution.
it is appropriate at this time of the year to recall our understanding of
marriage. Genesis teaches us that male and female He created them. Then
God said that it is not good for man to be alone and so woman was
created. The Catechism teaches that the vocation of Holy Matrimony “by which
a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of
life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and
the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized
persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
is most fascinating that scientific research seems to prove the soundness of
the precept of our faith: the good of the spouses. A recently published study
concluded that marriage helps keep the heart healthy. Love can sometimes break
a heart, but marriage seems to do it a lot of good! A study of more than 3.5
million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles,
divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.
This was true at any age, for women as well as for men, regardless of other
heart disease risk factors they had, such as high cholesterol or diabetes.
study concluded that men and women who are in stable marriages have better bone
density. In addition, patients who were married tended to live 20 per cent
longer than others and the researchers concluded that the benefits of happy
marriage are comparable to–or better–than chemotherapy. Based on these results,
marriage would qualify as a wonder drug! However, investigators are still
working to elucidate the mechanisms of these clinical observations, but it
remains that the quality of a marriage is an important predictor of a person’s
was suggested that working on one’s marriage with some simple exercises could
be better for the spouses than a trip to the gym. In England the government
envisions tax allowances in order to encourage married couples. However, the
argument here is based on public health concerns and not moral values, but
still . . .
it was also scientifically established that regular churchgoers seem to do
better in terms of their daily positive well-being experiences. This
accentuates other findings in which those that practise their faith do better
across numerous dimensions of well-being than do those who are less religious
or not at all religious.
implication of all these is that the living of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
combines the benefits of married life and the active living of faith. This is
proven to be the secret of a happy, healthy and productive life.
Paul tells us that marriage bears witness to the indissoluble love of Christ
for his Church. Thus, husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the
Church, and wives are called to love their husbands as the Church loves Christ.
Jesus restored the beauty of matrimony. He grew up in a family, participated at
a wedding, he consoled the bereaved family of his friends and, in joy, he
welcomed his reception into the families of his disciples. At a general audience Pope Francis said,
“When a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage, God, so to
speak, is ‘mirrored’ in them, He marks them with His features and the indelible
character of His love.”
Prepared by Laszlo DeRoth, Lecturer, Knights of Columbus
Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto has
released a statement, August 7, 2014, regarding the Iraqi Christians.
Cardinal Collins issued a letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Ontario, re: consultations on the policy “Physicians and the Ontario Human
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