“True peace is not a balancing of opposing forces. It’s not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions...
Peace calls for daily commitment."
-- Pope Francis, Christmas Day 2013
As an American visiting Vietnam as a tourist, Pope Francis' words ring in my ears as our family tours first the Cu Chi Tunnels (said to be over 200 km long) by which the Vietnamese evaded American military, and where now children - beautifully incongruously - scamper over tanks.
|Life went on, underground, with systems for cooking, sewing, medical care, and the devising|
of weapons to kill the "American enemy"... some of whom were neighbors to Wayne and I, growing up as American kids in the 1960's
|At an entrance to the tunnel system, portions of which|
have been enlarged so Western-sized tourists can enter.
May the One we name the "Prince of Peace" make Christians the first and the foremost to embrace that "daily commitment" for peace in the New Year 2014.
So then let us pursue the things which make for peace
and the building up of one another.