Make Sept. 21 a day of peace

September 14, 2010 by

The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.” In 1991, Sept. 21 was designated as the permanent date for this observance. It has become a worldwide movement to create a global day of peace and nonviolence.

Here are some suggestions for doing one thing (or more) for peace on Sept. 21:

• Go to http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org to learn more about “peace building” and the meaning behind “Peace Day.”

• At noon on Sept. 21, stop what you are doing and spend one minute praying for peace in our world:  “Let peace prevail on this earth.”

• Plan a peace service in your school or church congregation. You might organize  a ceremony to send your prayers or wishes for peace to every country of the world.

• “Prayer from the heart can achieve what nothing else in the world can,” said Gandhi.  Begin and end the day with a prayer for peace.

• In order to create a peaceful world, we must learn to practice nonviolence with one another in our day-to-day interactions. Make amends today. Apologize to someone you may have hurt and mean your apology sincerely.

• Have a conversation with someone today about what the world would be like if there were no weapons nor any need for them. Imagine such a world.

These are just a few ways of moving the world in the direction of peace.  Be creative in thinking of other ways to accomplish this goal.  Remember that we learn peacemaking by first speaking and acting with respect, honor and reverence for our own being; learning to practice nonviolence with one another in our day-to-day interactions; and then taking action that honors the dignity and worth of every living being and the planet.

Make Sept. 21 truly a day of peace, a day when peace-lovers become peace-makers.

— Sister Carolyn Teter

Pax Christi Salina member

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