August 6

Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

 Reflection

Hear our voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among  individuals and nations.
Hear our voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when
people put their faith in the weapons of war.
Hear our voice when we beg you to instill into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of solidarity.
Hear our voice, for we speak for the multitude in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.
Hear our voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to
hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with sharing, to war with peace.
John Paul II

Prayer

O God, hear our voice, and grant to the world your everlasting peace.

Action

Visit the site for Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

 Suggested Reading

 He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore
Micah 4:3

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
Colossians 3:15

No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions.
Hans Kung

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
Abraham Lincoln

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions
slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
John F. Kennedy 

When I was in the White House, I was confronted with the challenge of the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and I had 30,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy the entire earth and I had to maintain the peace.
Jimmy Carter

I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
Ronald Reagan

Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.
Colin Powell

‎We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.‎
Barak Obama

Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
Pablo Picasso

Of thousands of others, nearer the center of the explosion, there was no trace. They vanished. The theory in Hiroshima is that the atomic heat was so great that they burned instantly to ashes – except that there were no ashes.
Wilfred Burchett
 

 

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