Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 17 December

Kadar in his rented home in Syria

Kadar wishes for a peaceful future for his children and all Syrian people

“In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.” 

Psalm 71:7

“Peace is not simply the absence of warfare”, as Pope Saint Paul VI wrote in his encyclical Populorum Progressio. True peace means making a daily effort towards a fairer and more just world. A world where all people can live a dignified life.

This idea of peace as more than an end to violence is echoed by Kadar, a Syrian teacher.

He wishes for a peaceful future for his children and all the Syrian people. But he adds:

“Tranquillity is when I can provide a living for my children. It’s when I can provide a room for my children to live in, and not be in rent or debt. It’s when I can provide a good life for them.”

Advent prayer

God of peace, help us to see where we can work for a true and lasting peace in our own lives, in our homes, in our workplaces, in our Church and in our world. Amen.

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