Never Again

Day 11

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Abbey of Gethesmani

I set my alarm for 5:30 am. I wanted to participate in the prayers and attend Mass.  I missed Lauds but arrived in time for Mass. Fr. Alan was the celebrant and gave the sermon (homily).  Br. Christopher read from Acts 5 where  Peter proclaims to the authorities that: We must obey God and not man.

Fr. Allen reminded us that today was Holocuast Remembrance Day.  He ended his homily by speaking in German the words: “Never Again!”   How I wish we could live in a world where hatred,  violence and genocide would never occur again. Today is another anniversary of a dark day in American life.  It is the anniversary of shooting at VA Tech. 

Over the door way to the Retreat House where I am staying is written the word PAX.  I believe PAX (peace) will only come to us when we truly follow God by loving all people as God loves each of us.  Let us pray for and work for a world where violence. hatred and genocide will never occur again. 

I count it all joy,

Pastor Vallerie

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