Prayers for Peace in Ukraine and Being Points of Light

Jose Aguto

Dear Jerome,

We enter Lent this year with a heavy heart, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine troubles us profoundly. Let us join Pope Francis' appeal "to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies."

This week, the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also provided us unsettling news. St. John Paul II's words aptly apply here. World peace is threatened "by a lack of due respect for nature, by the plundering of natural resources and by a progressive decline in the quality of life."

It may be difficult to remain hopeful, but the traditions of our Church have been sources of light and strength through 2000 years of war and peace, and remain so today.

Many prayers and words of hope have been given to me and others already. Last week, Sr. Mary exhorted those of us blessed to be in a Living Room Conversation with her to keep moving forward, holding each other up through the grace of God. She admonished, allow no one to dampen our spirits, for that is not of the Holy Spirit. Rather we are all points of light, shining together in this universal, Catholic moment.

As Ash Wednesday approaches, commencing this Season of Lent, let us be light and also heed Pope Francis' call to unite in a supplication for peace with prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Our young people are leading the way in being bright points. Did you hear our young Covenant colleagues Emily Burke and Henry Glynn had the opportunity to share with Pope Francis their own exhortations and prophetic witness for our Church to care for creation, with authenticity. And Anna Robertson, our Director of Young Adult Mobilization, is helping us contemplate how to live in harmony with the limits that love requires - of a smaller footprint on the earth and a larger one for love and action for the common good.

So even though we may face difficult times, let us continue to find the Holy Spirit in each another, and to pray, fast, and give - ever more so this Lenten Season, that we may be instruments of God's peace, shining divine love and light when it's most needed I hope you will join us. Our world urgently needs you.


Jose Aguto
Executive Director
Catholic Climate Covenant

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