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Monday, January 3, 2011

Begin the New Year

Reviewing the past year reminded me that I have not contributed to this Network as regularly as I should have.  When life gets hectic, even very important projects can be ignored.  I appreciate the responses I often receive from those who are part of this Network.  Many thanks for your reflections and your prayers.

The first day of the calendar year is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God.  Since mothers are always there at the beginning, it’s good to begin the new year with the Blessed Mother.

The first day of the calendar year is also the World Day for Peace, an ideal that seems more and more elusive.  The Holy Father’s letter this year spoke of religious liberty as a condition for world peace.  Preventing people from worshiping God and following their religion in public life destroys the peace of any society.  The Pope is concerned for Christians who are overtly persecuted in many parts of the world.  He also registers concern about societies so secularized that they use the law to remove faith from public life.  Our own country more and more fits that category.  Pray for peace and for those persecuted for their faith.

Cardinal Francis George, OMI

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