Friday, August 6, 2010

The Transfiguration & Hiroshima -- Pray for an end to nuclear arms

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration -- and the date our world was forever transfigured by the horror of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Thought for the day:

“What can be said, too, about those governments which count on nuclear arms as a means of ensuring the security of their countries? Along with countless persons of good will, one can state that this point of view is not only baneful but also completely fallacious.

In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims.

The truth of peace requires that all —whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear arms, or those planning to acquire them— agree to change their course by clear and firm decisions, and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.

The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.”

- Pope Benedict XVI, 2009 World Day of Peace Message, no. 13