A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

“I believe in the creative energy that weaves the fabric of relations…” Graciela Pujol

Dear All – I am struck today as we near the six year anniversary of the war in Iraq as well as more than seven years in Afghanistan what a different place we are in from this time last year.

We sadly greet yet another year of war and occupation but yet greet this anniversary with the knowledge that Guantanamo may be closed, troop withdrawals are being discussed, and dialog is returning to our presence at the United Nations. 

It is not a complete solution, but a beginning and such a beginning has not been seen since September 11, 2001. It matches well the small buds, burgeoning shoots, and unfurling leaves that are starting to mark our entry into spring.

Simple, small and yet deeply nourishing these little flags of hope raise our eyes to the horizon as winter buttons her coat and whispers a gracious goodbye. This delicate opening for change can help us as we continue to raise our voice for peace in the world. To speak for the rights of the Iraqis and Afghanis who have born the burden of our limited vision in the past and still bear that burden today.

We have left Egypt and yet are still in the desert, still crafting the way forward to a land that does not require military might to control resources, settle differences, or ensure domination.

Here is to all the little green leaves, plants, blooms that will help guide us all forward to a peace that brings full justice….Blessings on this Almost Spring…Liz

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