Beyond the Clouds by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, S.A.C. - Page 47

How many white crosses in the cemeteries of Berlin, Germany, and Nettuno, Italy remind us of the wrathful wars which still have found no cease; and the habitual prayers for soldiers who continue to make the ultimate sacrifice. It is for them we remember 100 years of the end of World War I this November 2018, solemnly rejoicing for that brief moment of peace before the second arrived. + "No more war.” I was in St. Peter’s Square on that March afternoon, when St. John Paul II cried those words from the window of the Papal Palace in 2003. The United States had been in the Iraq War for over a year, and other countries were preparing to follow suit. In his old age, this man of such wisdom and right judgment further continued to the crowd, “I belong to that generation that lived through World War II and, thanks be to God, I survived it. I have the duty to say to all young people, those who are younger than I, who have not had this experience: “No more war,” as Pope Paul VI said during his first visit to the United Nations. We must do everything possible. We know well that peace is not possible at any price. But we all know we have this great responsibility. Therefore, prayer and penance.” As you read these lines, take a moment to pay homage to the unknown soldier; the unsung heroes of everyday life. We remember the victorious Generals, but who remembers his foot soldiers? Perhaps only his parents and dear ones. Yet without his sacrifice, to what glory would the General have? Let us divert our route now to the airplane. We are well accustomed to the aircrew, especially the stewards who welcome us with an unfailing smile, always serving us without complaint throughout the flight until we disembark. How many of us will take their smile seriously? Do we experience a sense of gratitude for their service? Some of us might appreciate them, while others consider them as part of their ticket. We take our bags and leave! 47