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Monday, September 22, 2008

International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. In 2002, September 21 was designated as the permanent date for this observance. It has become a worldwide movement to create a global ceasefire and a day of peace and nonviolence.

In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate "to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of humankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways . . . [The International Day of Peace] should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

My reflection today is on peace and "let it begin with me. One of my "lights" before my final profession over 48 years ago was that only in proportion to my establishing the reign of God in me, can I establish the reign of God in the world." I am convinced that this is true and must work hard to establish peace in myself before I can be a peacemaker.

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