We all remember September 11, 2001. For many, it seems a long time ago, but for those who lost someone, not hardly so long ago. I remember that day and how all of the churches were open to pray, how massive numbers of people came together to pray for the victims, the more than 3,000 people who died in those attacks.

Years later, it is not that we do not remember, but that some how we are not so eager to pray for non-violence and peace. Considering the situation of the world, and how violence has increased in some specific regions, we need to do something.

A few weeks ago, we had a second collection to help the victims of violence in the Middle East. Now is the time to do more: to pray for peace and an end to violence.

Our church will be open the whole day for prayer; you may stop by at any time, enter the church and talk to God, pray for peace, and ask yourself what else you can do for peace in the world. When you consider joining us for prayer, or just visiting at any time for personal prayer, please think how wonderful it is that the church is open for you, that we live in a country where no one will stop us, or where we will not suffer for practicing what we believe. Our freedom is a gift that sometimes can only be appreciated when it is taken away.

To the question of all of the evil in the world, we can find different answers, but also we need to ask ourselves this: what are we doing in order to build a world of peace? Sometimes, it is not just the people who do evil, who make the world a terrible place; it is also the indifference of the good ones! Helen Keller wonderfully expressed this thought: “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.”

Ask yourself this question: When was the last time you went to a church to pray on a day that was not a Sunday, to talk one-on-one with God?

Please join us in praying for our own inner peace, for peace in our country and for peace in our world, that all will have a place in which they can pray and worship in freedom.

-Fr. Sergio