Eternal Father, you call your children to walk in the light of Christ, the light of the world. Grant me the grace to be more attentive today to those around me and seek to be a light shining in the darkness. I offer you this day for the intention of Pope Francis for this month.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
What is on the Pope’s heart this month can be in everyone’s heart too. If we pray with him for this intention, we pray along with many others too, all of us seeking to have our hearts changed and become more like the heart of Christ.
The arms trade is has been approaching $100 billion annually. Can we imagine a world without that? There are those who say without it, obs in the arms industry would be lost, families would suffer and security would be risked. The follower of Christ will appreciate that yet will still remember words of Scripture that invite us to “beat our swords into ploughshares”.The Pope’s concern does not omit how the arms trade victimises many innocent people. Globally, armed violence kills up to 508,000 people each year, not all of them combatants. We pray for them and for their families but ever more urgently for the world’s leaders, who could eliminate this killer trade.
- Fr David Stewart SJ, extracted from Living Prayer