Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dona Nobis Pacem
For the Future of Our World
The future is, of course, our children, our grandchildren, and all of the children yet to come.
I often wonder about the warmongers - and the tyrants, those who head companies which pollute our land and sea and air for the sake of wealth -
all of those who, in any way, perpetrate the evils of our world. I understand that they are totally self-centered. But does that extend to their progeny? Can they really be completely uncaring about what will be faced by their own children and grandchildren? Or have they convinced themselves that somehow their own will be shielded from the results of what they have created?
Look into the faces of your innocent children. Listen to their sweet voices asking you "Why, Daddy?" "Why, Mommy?" Picture them now, if you dare, transported to the ugly scenes of war. Surely this is not a picture you can bear to entertain for long. Then think seriously of the many wars that continue to tear apart lives in so many parts of our world today. OUR world. Not just "the" world. It is our world. And think, sadly, of other people's children, going through that daily hell.
This is why we pray - Please God - Let there be Peace.
There will be no Peace in Our World until and unless we work to make it so.
My thanks to Karin, who found a beautiful video of the cast of M*A*S*H singing Dona Nobis Pacem, and brought it to our attention. I have just learned that this version of the hymn is no longer available due to a copyright claim . There are many other versions on YouTube. You can find one on my second blog, Video Venue, if you care to hear it.