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Monthly Motto August’19

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Be a light of peace! (After the song “Accendi la pace” by Gen Verde)

Holy Scripture: Ps 34:15

Seek peace and pursue it!”

Impulse:

You can sometimes get the impression that we live in a rather warlike and restless world. This applies to the major regions of conflict but also to our coexistence in society, where it sometimes goes like “everyone against everyone”. I ask myself, what happened to the great promise of peace that we hear in the Bible? The word from the psalms may perhaps give us a direction: if I really want to make peace, then I’ll start with myself. Peace is more than just giving up violence. It is an attitude of life in which I benevolently treat others and respect them as valuable people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. That’s sometimes hard to do on your own. That’s why we have to look for allies on this path. An ally who always supports us is God himself. With an ancient prayer, we can turn to Him: “Lord, make me a tool of your peace!”. This is how we become bright lights in an often warlike world.

Jakob Ohm

YouTube-Video “Accendi la Pace” by GenVerde

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Monthly motto January’19

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“Start Now!”

Holy Scripture: Mt 25,35-36

“Because I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and homeless and you took me in; I was naked and you gave me clothes; I was ill and you visited me; I was in jail and you came to me.“

Impulse:

The beginning of a new year is always the time of good intentions. Everyone knows it: you set high goals but after a few weeks you hardly remember it. Perhaps this is because these goals are often not really concrete or exaggerated by an ideal state in the distant future. Then, at the end of the year, the question arises again and again: what has actually remained of my great plans and new years resolutions?

The Bible gives us a great guide to changes that begin in the Here and Now and that really count in the end. Maybe someday it will happen to us like to the listeners of Jesus, who did not realize that through these concrete acts of charity they can meet Himself. But we can count on these actions to make the big difference in the end. So we should do it concretely and start to approach all people with love and mercy again and again: Start Now!

Jakob Ohm