Building Blocks of PeaceAs I reflect on the many greetings I’ve received and bestowed for the New Year, I’m struck by how many mention peace—wishes for a peace-filled New Year . . . hopes that 2017 may be a year of greater peace, and so on. We are only three days into the new year. It’s impossible not to be aware of the rampant brokenness, violence and death that exists. But what about peace?

As the song proclaims: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Here are 2 resources to consider at the start of 2017 for thoughtful prayer and reflection on peace-making and non-violence. The first is Pope Francis’ message for the 50th World Day of Peace. The second is an article by Sr. Susan Rose Francois, CSJP entitled Nonviolence: A New Year’s Resolution. I think you will find inspiration here for how to be an artisan of peace in the places where you live, work, study, and worship.

We wish all of our Backlit readers a blessed and peace-filled New Year!