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Reflection on Peace

Friday, Sep. 6, 2013
Dear Members of the University Community, 
The recent events in the Middle East call us as a people of conscience to pause and reflect on what it means to be thoughtful, compassionate, and peace-seeking citizens of the world. These are troubled times, particularly in Syria where the crimes committed in that civil war raise serious questions about our moral responsibility as individuals and as a nation. How does one respond to the suffering and violence that has enveloped the people of Syria? How does one consider solutions to complex and protracted conflicts? 
Whatever your faith tradition or beliefs, the pursuit of peace is a common human desire, and now is a time to reflect on what peace might look like in our world. Some may wish to participate in communal prayer; others may wish to reflect with families and friends; and others may wish to reflect in the solitude of their hearts. For communal prayer, a vigil for peace will be held this Saturday evening, September 7, 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph located at 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, 95113.  However we may spend our time, this is an important moment for us to pause and reflect.  As Pope Francis has stated, “Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier because it belongs to all humanity!” 
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
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