The world’s a mess. Let’s do a run down:
Christians are being persecuted across the
globe, as Pope Francis keeps pointing out
and much of the Western world continues
Nuclear weapons appear to be quietly (and
not so quietly) proliferating, including in
nations such as North Korea.
Abortion continues apace across the United
States and around the world, symptomatic
of the broader culture of death.
Wars and violence continue to displace
massive numbers of refugees, driving them
to turn to the hospitality of their neighbors
in a desperate bid for survival.
And that’s just skimming the surface. Why
are we facing such troubled times? What does
it take to achieve peace in this world? And does
God even care?
Pope Francis has a decisive answer for us in
his 2016 message for the World Day of Peace:
“God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind!
God does not abandon us!”
So what’s going on? The Holy Father explains:
“Peace is both God’s gift and a human achieve-
ment. As a gift of God, it is entrusted to all men
and women, who are called to attain it.”
By Chris Sparks
“Say the Rosary
every day, to
bring peace to
the world ...”
— Our Lady at Fatima,
Portugal, May 13, 1917