November 17 is The International Day of Peace

PeaceNow called The International Day of Peace, World Peace Day was established in about 1997.  The idea of the day is for individuals to do what they can in order to obtain world peace.

It is interesting to think of how our own prejudices get in the way of peace.  I am reminded of a story of Saint Francis of Assisi who absolutely loathed lepers.  This was reasonable.  Lepers could pass on the disease and could make whole regions or families sick.  One day Francis was walking down a very narrow alley and a leper was coming toward him.  Francis felt that God had led him to this spot to confront his own fears and prejudices.  Francis went forward and embraced the leper.

Maybe on World Peace Day it would be good to examine our hearts and find out who repels us as much as the lepers repelled Francis.  When we discover who that might be we go and embrace them.

This also an entrance time in to the holiday Season.  We will hear the words, “Peace on Earth good will to men”, many times over the next six weeks.  Instead of wishing it to each other or using it as a greeting, let us work towards making those words a reality in our time.