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WAR

Avoiding it with a Christ-like Approach




Selections adapted from Fr. John J. Nacca's

"True Stories You'll Love and Remember"

In 1902, Argentina and Chile were on the verge of declaring war over a boundary dispute.

But a great and generous thought suddenly illuminated the minds of their Catholic leaders; have an arbiter decide.

An agreement was reached. Argentina donated to Chile the cannons that had been purchased to fight Chile. After they were melted, Chile with its bronze, erected a colossal statue of Christ on top of one of the Andes Mountains. Under the statue is the inscription:

"These eternal rocks will turn into dust before we, the people of Argentina and Chile, break the peaceful agreements that we have sworn to at the feet of Christ our Redeemer."

Wars, horrid wars! - Virgil


History repeats, in its own way, the lessons of the catechism.


"Where do your wars and conflicts come from? Is it not from your passions, that you make war within your members? You covet, but you do not possess. You kill and envy, but you do not obtain; you fight and wage war. You do not possess because you do not ask. You ask but do not obtain, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." (James 4:1-3)




The WILL of GOD




When St. Paul was literally knocked off his high horse, on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians, he did not say, "Lord, I will be a great penitent, an untiring teacher, a martyr..." Saul (Paul) simply waited for the Lord to indicate what He wanted Paul to do.

St. John Baptist de la Salle, at the end of a troubled life, used to say, "I adore in all things the Will of God in my regard."

St. Francis of Assisi, in the last years of his life, feeling very weak, one day threw himself focibly to the ground, with the risk of breaking his bones. Then, kissing the floor of his poor cell, he said, "I thank You, O my adorable Lord, for all the sufferings that You send me; and I beg You to give me a hundred times more, if such is your will. To do your will is the greatest joy that I can receive."

This life is brief, compared to eternity. Let us live this life to prepare for the eternal life to come!

Jesus taught the disciples to pray - "...Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven..." (Mt. 6:10)




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