August 9

Reflection

Today is the anniversary of the dropping of the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

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 voices and help us to work toward a world at peace.

Action

Visit some websites for nuclear for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: http://armscontrolcenter.org/, http://nuclearweaponsfree.org/, http://www.cnduk.org/, http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/

Suggested Reading

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

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

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

Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.
Daisaku Ikeda

 Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.
Stephen Hawking

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

 I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein

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