Sorrow and solidarity
Sorrow and solidarity
Rome. In the name of all the FMA of the world, I wish to unite myself to the numerous groups of persons and Institutions that have raised their voice to express their indignation against the terrorist attack of Peshawar, Pakistan, in which over 140 children and young people lost their lives in a school of the city. We unite ourselves especially with the voice of the Pope whose sentiments we fully share. We express solidarity with the families at the death of their children. We unite ourselves with their sorrow and with the chorus of prayers of all those who believe in God, to obtain support and comfort for them. Our solidarity also extends to similar episodes of violence that occurred in other nations.
As an educational Institute, we reaffirm our choice for education. Gratuitous violence against innocent children and the tragedy of so many grieving families reinforce our commitment to the field of education. It is here that the bases for a culture of life, acceptance of differences, respect for the rights and duties of every person and every citizen are formed. It is here that we learn to overcome conflicts and cultivate sentiments of solidarity and of peace.
Together as educating communities, we want to dedicate ourselves with even greater conviction to formation to the indissolubly linked values of life, of the family called to guard it from birth, to a civic sense, to respect for human rights, to democracy.
By striking at the school, the future of society and of humanity itself is robbed. This criminal gesture has wounded all of humanity. From this wound, we want to open a new ray of hope. Our hope is the young people; guaranteeing them an education means giving them a future. On the contrary, those who place life and education at risk, place the future of society and of humanity itself at risk.
I end with a brief message from the Nobel winner, Malaya, “These terrible incidents only increase the power of the Pakistani children and youth, desirous of an education, and to grow in those school desks that are today drenched in blood and sorrow. We will not be discouraged. We hope that acts like this will open the eyes of the West and the more moderate Muslims so that there will be a unanimous and strong condemnation of violence.”
Christmas is close. We want to unite ourselves to all men and women of good will in order to proclaim, “Glory to God; peace on earth to those whom He loves”. God loves everyone, beginning with the little ones and the weak. This is the Christmas message!
Rome, December 18, 2015
Sister Yvonne Reungoat fma