The struggle for peace begins at home

Right where they live, work, and walk, people are looking for peace. Instant communication makes it possible for scenes of violence and anxiety to be beamed into our homes and watched, almost as the events take place.

Just the other day, as I was working on the Internet in a public place, a TV set was on. First, it showed scenes of a bus being assaulted by two men brandishing guns; next, came an accident with a badly wounded victim; and then, pictures of a federal judge who had been executed by organized crime.

Beyond these scenes of violence, worries about unemployment, financial resources, and an uncertain future weigh on the people of my country. Brazilians are also well aware of a distant war and its uncertain effects on us. Many are looking for answers through improving their education, learning new trades, deepening their understanding of God. Even so, a general sense of fear prevails.

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April 14, 2003

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