In the Christian tradition, this is a day of solemn reflection on the relationship of religion and the civil government.
Save us from weak resignation to violence
Teach us that restraint is the highest expression of power
That thoughtfulness and tenderness are marks of the strong.
Help us to love our enemies
Not by countenancing their sins,
But by remembering our own
And may we never for a moment forget
That they are fed by the same food,
Hurt by the same weapons,
Have children for whom they have the same high hopes as we do.
Grant us the ability
To find joy and strength not in the strident call to arms
To grasp our fellow creatures
In the striving for justice and truth.
(1991 NCC Australia & Australia Catholic relief.
Prepared by a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim [Aug. 1990])
“Religion to me is a way of life.
It is a way of living a morally and ethically correct life.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)