In 2012, called to live in solidarity, to build Peace…

2012 is the year of Faith. May the Christians open the doors to diversity, to the unexpected, to a true Life. It is only together that we will build a world that is in harmony with the Love of God.

The Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II as the Year of Faith opens. May the Spirit, who continues to breathe in the heart of the world, be heard by all Christians; may they not take refuge in the practices of the past but open the doors to diversity, to the unexpected, to a true Life. 

A quarter of the 7 billion inhabitants of the earth live below the level of extreme poverty. The inequalities between the rich and the poor are growing and, obviously, the first to be touched by the crisis are the poorest. Associations launch an invitation to solidarity and sharing out of a concern that all may have life – may the majority of people allow their hearts to be touched. 
 
The people of several countries, among them Russia, France and the USA, are going to elect a president. May the candidates avoid putting their personal interest before that of the country… and may those who considered unimportant, those who are deprived, and the immigrants, have a real place in their programme. 
 
The planet is getting warmer, there is an increasing number of typhoons, floods, fires and earthquakes. 2012 will be the international year for energy. May each of us become increasingly aware that the earth has been confided to us by God so that we might make it habitable for all and not that we exploit for our own interests at any given time. 
 
There are nations that are a prey to war, dictatorship or terrorism. Some rise up with courage and tenacity to confront authoritarian systems. We must not content ourselves with deploring war and dreaming of peace for other countries. We should be able, in the place where we live, to put our own peace at risk by welcoming those who are different to us, by showing trust in them. It is only together that we will build a world that is in harmony with the Love of God. 
 
Marie-Claire, Little Sister of the Assumption
03/01/2012
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