Praying for an End to Violence in Ukraine

February 24, 2022
Bell Tower

Fellow Griffins,

Russia has begun what government and media sources are calling a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine. This invasion has already included the destruction of military infrastructure and will no doubt lead to civilian casualties in the country.

Any level of military aggression is counter to our identity as a Catholic institution rooted in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. Saint Pope John Paul II stated that “the scale of modern warfare…makes it totally unacceptable as a means of settling differences between nations,” and Pope Francis has called on world leaders to “make a serious examination of conscience before God, who is the God of peace and not war, the Father of all, not just some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies.” Additionally, the Critical Concern of Nonviolence means that the Sisters of Mercy and any institution affiliated with them stand in solidarity to “work for peace through prayer, education, personal and communal practices of nonviolence, and legislative advocacy to reduce armed conflict…”

As our campus community stands witness to this dramatic and challenging moment in history, may we all reflect on our commitments to practicing, educating, and living peace in our daily lives. Campus Ministry is available to provide spiritual companionship to anyone seeking to explore the meaning of this and other world events in their own life. You can contact campusministrystaff@gmercyu.edu for more information. Additionally, Pope Francis has called on all Catholics and people of good will to make Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 2) a “Day of Fasting for Peace.” Please consider these opportunities, as well as five practical ways the Sisters of Mercy practice nonviolence in daily life.  

May God protect the innocent in this moment of violent conflict. May the hearts and minds of world leaders turn towards peace amidst this violence. Finally, may the God of Mercy renew our world through cooperation, compassion, and love.

In Mercy,
-Campus Ministry

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