Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. I John 4:7
Dear Catholics, Muslims, Evangelical, Buddhists, Protestants, and all brothers of different religions around the world,
we have come to ask you to unite in one heart and one feeling on September 11, this day that marked our lives forever.
Let us on this day pray for the souls of the victims and their families, but also pray for the souls of offenders and their families.
Jesus left us very clear when he said he did not come for the healthy, but for the sick ones.
The sickness, which he referred, are not the physical body, but the plagues of ignorance, the intolerance and evil. Ignorant of love and justice of God.
That we do as Jesus asked us: “to love our enemies.”
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.… Matthew 5: 43-45
Also, on this day, let’s pray for peace in the world.
Let us pray for American citizens, so that they give Their vote consciously for peace.
Jesus, our model and guide, said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder Them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as These.
If a politician does not have the patience for a child, the future of a nation, clearly, he has not the ability to lead a great nation, that carries one of the largest arsenals of the world that can destroy the entire planet, turning the dream of a great America into atomic dust.
Also let us not forget to pray for the population in Turkey, so they decide the path of forgiveness, instead of the death penalty, because only God, Allah rests the right to judge about the life or death of someone. Let us pray for peace in Syria, the Koreas, and all nations. Because we are all fruits of one creator.
Let us pray also for each of us. So we can be prepared and vigilant at this time of so many tragedies that has alarmed the world. So that we may distinguish the false prophets. False prophets are not only religious leaders, but can range from politicians, big company bosses to ordinary people who spread evil, racism, lie, kill and destroy.
At each terrorist act what may happen, we should not permit, even being difficult, that the hatecome into our heart.
Because the terrorists want to disunite, they want to destroy the noblest sense of tolerance that we have within us.
We all reap what we sow. All our actions generate a reaction. This is a universal law. It is the mathematics of God, Allah. One day they will also repent of their acts.
But we have faith in God and the confidence in the future. Even an evil do not last forever. There will be a day when evil will be banished from the planet earth.
As the Prophet Muhammad (PBHU) wrote in the Quran:
The most excellent Jihad is que for the conquest of self. “
“Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except Those who give mercy to other creatures.”
“Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.“
A day will come, in which all religions spoke only one language: the language of love. To this day may come, it is necessary that we practice tolerance and respect for the next, teaching the path of goodness and love for the new generation, regardless of color, religion or nation.
May God bless all who help to implement this day.
In the name of the Community Friends of the Apostle Paul, I thank you all. That Jesus may enlighten our life and that peace can fill our heart. Today and always.
Thank you and God bless us.
Photo: A.T. Istanbul 2016