For weeks and months, the war between Russia and Ukraine dominated headlines. Each day we heard of more atrocities, and learned of new developments in the conflict. We watched in horror as civilians were killed by the thousands and denied safe passage out of war zones.
Months have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Have you noticed that in the past several weeks, the headlines are changing? The media is moving on to more “current” events and shifting its focus to other issues.
It seems as if the suffering people in Ukraine and Russia has been forgotten by many. Has our outrage become a thing of the past?
This week in his Angelus address from St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, our Holy Father Pope Francis made it clear that he has not moved on from what some may consider to be “old news”.
“The thought of the people of Ukraine, afflicted by war, remains vivid in my heart,” he said.
He asked the faithful not to forget the suffering of our brothers and sisters thrown into the ravages of war.
“Let the passage of time not temper our grief and concern for that suffering population. Please, let us not grow accustomed to this tragic situation! Let us always keep it in our hearts. Let us pray and strive for peace,” said Pope Francis.
As we journey through these beautiful summer months, let us not forget the men, women, and children who have been displaced, those who have been injured or killed, abused or mistreated as a result of this horrific war.
Let us work for peace in our own hearts, in our own families, communities, and nations. Let us also pray for peace in Ukraine, Russia, and wherever there is violent conflict in the world.
God of peace, be with our brothers and sisters in need. Let us be instruments of your peace in the world. Do not let us grow accustomed to sin, violence, and war, but rather let us work together to end divisions.
“And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15