He puts an end to wars over all the earth;
the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps….
“Be still and know that I am God….”
Psalm 46: 10-11
In the midst of violence and war, the world cries out to God for an end to violence. But we need to remember the roots of war in our lives and our nations’ policies.
“War is the suicide of humanity because it kills the heart and kills love…
“…war comes from hatred, from envy, from desire for power and … from that hunger for more power.
“…so many times we’ve seen … the great ones of the earth want to solve local problems, economic problems, economic crises with a war.
“Why? Because, for them, money is more important than people! And war is just that: it is an act of faith in money, in idols, in idols of hatred, in the idol that leads to killing one’s brother, which leads to killing love. It reminds me of the words of God our Father to Cain, who, out of envy, had killed his brother: Cain, where is your brother?
“Today we can hear this voice: it is God our Father who weeps, crying for this madness of ours, who asks all of us, Where is your brother?
“Who says to the powerful of the earth, Where is your brother? What have you done!”
And Pope Francis prayed:
“Take all evil far away from us…even with tears, with the tears of the heart: Turn to us, O Lord, and have mercy on us, because we are sad, we are distressed. See our misery, and our pain and forgive all sins, because behind a war there are always sins: there is the sin of idolatry, the sin of exploiting men on the altar of power, sacrificing them.
“Turn to us, o Lord, and have mercy, because we are sad and distressed. See our misery and our pain. We are confident that the Lord will hear us and will do anything to give us the spirit of consolation. So be it.”