This morning on our way to school, Lilly and I prayed the rosary for peace. I felt called to do so last night as I was watching President Obama's speech about Syria. When I am driving to school, I am basically driving as close to NYC as I can get without going through a tunnel. Hence, I see the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower every day. This year I explained to Lilly in the most simplistic (age-appropriate) way possible why there is a Freedom Tower. We include the people who keep us safe in our nightly bedtime prayers. It is never, ever an easy thing to discuss violence with our chidlren, but I believe it is as important as it is hard to do.
It takes a lot longer to say the rosary with a 5 year old, but I believe those prayers...those of our children...are heard loudest of all. Her vision of peace is most likely a lot different than mine. But doesn't it start with our 5 year olds? If our 5 year olds do not have peace in their lives, I cannot see how they can grow up to be peaceful adults.
So today, and every day, let us PRAY for peace. Let us TEACH peace. Let us ACT peacefully. And let it begin with ourselves. And our little ones.