Our Holy Father asks that on Sept 7, Catholics throughout the world pray and fast for peace in Syria.
Pope Francis continues to urge dialogue between the Assad regime and the rebels.
The United Nations through its secretary urges that the U.S. refrain from striking Syria with selective missal launches. He insists nothing will be accomplished by acts of war against Syria.
John Kerry, our U.S. Secretary of State is determined to get Congress to pass a resolution proposed by the Obama administration to send missals into Syria to strike at crucial military installations in order to weaken Syria’s ability to gas its own people.
I thought Kerry was clear and at times eloquent this past Tuesday in his appeal to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as he answered in detail the concerns of that body.
I tend to agree with Kerry: Sometimes you have to act because not acting is complicity. He urged the senators to get behind the Obama decision to weaken Assad’s ability to use inhumane methods to control dissent. To do that we have to strike the Assad regime in a way that they understand.
I’m going to fast and pray this Saturday for peace in the Middle East. I can’t see how we can teach the Assad government that violence is self-defeating by using violence as our teaching tool. I’m going to try to join the millions of Christians who still believe that grace can triumph over evil.