“Is Peace Cost Effective?!” – Ecclesiastes 3:8


It’s Tuesday, and it has been a week since the horrendous earthquake in Haiti.  Planes flying in there are returning nearly empty.  The reason: Lack of proper screening of people returning!?  These people have nothing to screen, and the flights to the U.S. would be for survival/medical/humanitarian aid!  Fly some TSA personal down there to do the little screening of these victims that would be needed. 

Ecclesiastes

 

Quote or Joke of the Day:

  

The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

  

Today’s Meditation:

  

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  (Ecclesiastes 3:8)

  

Our society is so screwed up today.  Nearly everyone is fast to jump to violence at the drop of a hat, and slow to forgive and relent, with peace.  Most don’t even realize our country is STILL officially at war, along with South Korea, against North Korea.  Plus, we have “actions” going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo.   And, this does not even include the war against drugs in Central America. 

The only non-violence, humanitarian aid our government is giving in large amounts, is to Haiti – and that’s just been in the past week.  There is so much need in our country, and with our neighbors on this earth.  I am saddened that our human existence almost cherishes the might of the sword, and not the wisdom of peace.  

We have the technologies to feed and clothe the masses.  We have the capabilities to relieve pain, suffering, and needless death worldwide.  Neither of these are “cost effective!”  Our society and governments place a monetary value on human lives, and makes decisions on what actions to take with our lives based on a cost-save analysis, and on political motives.  

Don’t get me wrong: there are justifiable reasons to go to war.  But is there a justifiable reason to withhold aide to someone truly in need?  Being a peacemaker does not start at the governmental levels.  It has to be a ground roots effort: starting with the people, and growing up through the communities, states, and countries. 

Help the neighbor shovel his walk, or mow his lawn.  Take a dinner to a shut-in near you.  Donate blood and/or money to the Red Cross, or other charitable groups.  Write to your Representatives and Senators with your viewpoints.  And most importantly – PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! 

“Lord, help me to make this world a better place to live.  Help me to find ways to help others in need.  Please be with those in need, and hold them in your loving arms.  Lord, show me the way!  Amen.”

  

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO

  

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Franciscan Saint of the Day: St. Eustochia Calafato

  

Foundress and Poor Clare. She was born circa 1435, the daughter of Countess Matilda Carafata, at Messina, Sicily. Betrothed, Eustochium lost her fiance before they could wed. When her father died in 1446, she became a Poor Clare at Bascio convent and devoted herself to penance and charitable activities. Her mother and sister were at Monte Vergine Convent, and Eustochium went there for the stricter observances. She became abbess in 1462. She was canonized in 1988. In some lists her name is Eustachia or Smaragda. (Source: Catholic Online) 

(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)

  

Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #19:

  

Mindful that they are bearers of peace which must be built up unceasingly, they should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon. Messengers of perfect joy in every circumstance, they should strive to bring joy and hope to others. Since they are immersed in the resurrection of Christ, which gives true meaning to Sister Death, let them serenely tend toward the ultimate encounter with the Father

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