New Year’s Day, next Tuesday, January 1, 2008 is the 40th anniversary of the World Day of Peace. It was launched in 1968 by Pope Paul VI who foresaw the tidal wave of violence that is threatening to destroy us all.
The present Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has written a beautiful message for this day: “The Human Family, A Community of Peace.” In this message he says many things which are wise with the wisdom of God:
“The family is a cradle of life and love.”
“The first form of communion between persons is that born of the love of a man and a woman who decide to enter a stable union in order to build together a new family.”
And it was Rizal who said to Josephine Bracken, on the day that they were married: “My people are poor… For centuries our only real possessions have been the land…the sea…the sun…the rain… But, having nothing, we discovered that our real treasure was… each other!”
On the first Christmas the angels sang: “Peace on earth!” May that peace come to you, to your family, to the country, and to the world!