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A World More Dignified for All ... Living Words from Saint Pope John Paul II

Building the Bridge Foundation
Jan. 8, 2020

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 8, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Abraham A. van Kempen, Sr. Editor, Building the Bridge Foundation, The Hague:

    Dear Editor,

    Each week we let Saint Pope John Paul II share meaningful signposts to spark socio-economic resolves through justice and righteousness combined with mercy and compassion; in short, human dignity.

    A World More Dignified for All ...
    Living Words from Saint Pope John Paul II

    Edited by Abraham A. van Kempen

    Since the last world war, a catastrophe like an earthquake that shook every country in Europe and around the world has long since passed.

    And yet today we must remember again and again the call for a future world that, according to the words of the Second Vatican Council, must be 'more humane' and dignified for all people on earth.

    Such a desire means a challenge; the world of man and life can only become more humane if humankind constantly makes an effort to strive for that dignity in all dimensions of his existence! (1)

    Society and nations need people of peace, authentic disseminators of unity and mutual respect; people whose hearts are filled with peace; peace, which they bring to the others, which they carry in the houses, in the offices and the institutes, in the workplace and in the whole world.

    History shows that the world cannot give peace. The world is often powerless. That is why one must manifest Jesus Christ in their daily walk. Through His death on the cross, Jesus has bestowed peace upon us.

    Jesus guarantees us His presence throughout the centuries (John 14: 7-31).

    Though peace is a gift from God, it is in our hands. Peace does not become a reality without men and women. Each person must make an effort to effectuate peace, starting with those around us.

    The legacy of the twentieth century warns us to reach the goal of NEVER AGAIN.

    Wars are often the cause of further wars because they feed on deep feelings of hatred; create unfair situations and impair the dignity and rights of people.

    Wars generally do not solve the problems that lie at the root of the conflicts. Therefore, wars are useless. They inflict horror and wreak havoc with much damage. With war, humanity loses.

    Only in peace and through peace can one ensure respect for the dignity of man and his inalienable rights.

    And now that we have barely entered into the 21st century, we must deal with the idea that one with one nuclear bomb is as lethal as one with 1,000. (2)

    1. Excerpts of Saint Pope John Paul: II Homily in Torun, Poland on 7 June 1999
    2. Excerpts of Saint Pope John Paul: Homily in Ziguinchor, Senegal on 20 February 1992.

    You are most welcome to publish any or all of the following columns on dates suitable to your publication:

    1. Christ is Our Peace ... est pax nostra! Christmas Day, 25 December 2019
    2. Shalom! New Year's Day, 31 December 2019

    3. The Good Samaritan Sunday, 5 January 2019

    4. A World More Dignified for All ... Sunday, 12 January 2019

    5. A Recurring Theme of My Pontificate ... Sunday, 17 January 2019
    6. The Hourglass ... Time Belongs to God Sunday, 26 January 2019

    You can find the columns on the home page of www.buildingthebridge.eu on the right side, under 'Latest Blog Articles.' We have already developed 12 additional columns to be ahead of the anticipated deadlines.


    Abraham A. van Kempen

SOURCE Building the Bridge Foundation

CONTACT: Abraham A. van Kempen, 321-960-7406, a.a.vankempen@gmail.com

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