In 1997, the Nobel Peace Prize was given to two women who were deeply distraught by the senseless violence which resulted in the death of three innocent children. The witness to the tragedy, a Protestant, and the aunt of the children, a Catholic, started a protest movement, the first timid steps of peace in Northern Ireland after decades of violence.
Two women who were tired of burying children, united together across sectarian lines to do something about the violence they witnessed on a daily basis. This is the power that is unleashed when we believe in the divine commandment to love one another. It is infectious and spreads.
This power to love one another, especially a stranger, is the only solution to the growing violence we see around the world. Let’s start loving one another in our communities and watch the love grow.
God, give us the power to love one another as you have loved us, unconditionally and totally, that surrounded by your love we might all be one. Amen. — RDL