Monthly Archives: January 2020

On preparing for military action

Just about anyone who has served in a supervisory or command position in the Armed Forces of the United States has studied the works of Sun Tzu. He was the author of The Art of War, a book about warfare and military strategy that has been an integral part of military training and planning since it was written in, would you believe, somewhere around 500 BC! In light of current events, I wonder if those in charge have ever read this highly valuable work of instruction and tried to put it into practice.

 

Evening Prayer Jan. 3

Cast your kindly light upon your faithful, Lord, we pray,
and with the splendor of your glory
set their hearts ever aflame,
that they may never cease to acknowledge their Savior
and may truly hold fast to him.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.

 

What children can teach us.

I was watching the news on one of the three broadcast networks yesterday.

They had a story about a class of third-grade students. One of them had lost everything in a fire at his house several days ago.

These little ones organized a drive to make sure that this little boy had presents for Christmas. When asked why they did it, these seven-and eight-year olds said, “because he is our classmate and our friend. We hug each other when we are sad, and we hug each other when we are happy. We care about each other and help each other whenever we can. That’s what we’re supposed to do.”

How about that, folks? These little kids hit the nail on the head. Hopefully they will continue to think this way as they grow up.

Remember, no one is born with hatred or bigotry. It has to be learned, and the people kids learn this from are the ones who will be held accountable one day.

 

Evening Prayer for Jan. 2

Feast of Sts. Basil and Gregory:

O God,
who were pleased to give light to your Church
by the example and teaching of
the Bishops Saints Basil and Gregory,
grant, we pray,
that in humility we may learn your truth
and practice it faithfully in charity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.

 

 

World Day of Prayer for Peace

In addition to this being the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, today is also the World Day of Prayer for Peace. Here is an appropriate prayer:

O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge. Amen.

Saint Pope John Paul II