January 1, 2013 marks the 46th annual World Day of Peace. Pope Benedict XVI’s message for this year’s celebration is titled Blessed Are the Peacemakers. As we stand at the threshold of a new year, I invite you to pause and pray with these questions:

  • How does Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, call me in this new year to build peace in my family, among my friends & colleagues, community, and the global human family?
  • What gift or building block of peace have I received from God that, when added to that of others, can be used to promote peace in the world around me?
  • What is the first step I need to take?

Building Blocks of Peace

The attainment of peace depends above all on recognizing that we are, in God, one human family. -Pope Benedict XVI