Monday, April 09, 2007
Apostles of Peace
I'm not Catholic, but from time to time, I like to listen to what the Pope has to say. Pope Benedict XVI hasn't impressed me as much as his predecesor, Pope John Paul II, mostly because he's more conservative and lacks a world view for his ministry. But I just read his "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and to the World) Easter address, and appreciated how he focused on such crucial issues. He spoke of all the pain, suffering, and death of innocent people, endless violence, social injustices, and how the world is so wounded right now. He even went as far as mentioning Darfur, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, and Iraq. But thankfully, he didn't stop there. He ended his speech with an attitude of hope and faith in Christ. It's so easy to be overwhelmed with the messes we've made and give up. But as long as there's hope, there's a solution. And there's ALWAYS hope.