4th of July Challenge–Let Us Build a Strategy of Peace not War.

When a man’s way[s] please the Lord,” the Scriptures tell us, “He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights: the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation; the right to breathe air as nature provided it; the right of future generations to a healthy existence?  JFK

Let us on this day of celebration of freedom renew the words of JFK  and begin as he said in our daily lives  seek peace before it is to late for all of us.  As JFK said at the Commencement address at American University June 10, 1963 “Wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete. It is the responsibility of the executive branch at all levels of government — local, State, and National — to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within our authority. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch at all levels, wherever the authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of others and respect the law of the land…we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on–not towards a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.

Truly, as it was written long ago: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth.”


One thought on “4th of July Challenge–Let Us Build a Strategy of Peace not War.”

  1. Dad, great post. I don’t know if you shy away from the biblical, but sometimes I certainly do. I wonder what the Jesuits would have thought of this. Anything to do with the subject of God as just and existing certainly interests me. Great article, and now I can see how compiling all of this would make a great book. Let the editor’s edit it is my philosophy, because do we, if we are truly writers, ever really make any mistakes?

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