Thursday, July 07, 2005

Robert E. Hall, RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Robert E. Hall, an Army reservist killed in Iraq last Friday. He was guarding the gate at the base and was killed by a car bomb. He was the cousin of Sr. Mary Augustine, a Daughter of St. Paul currently serving in the missions in Africa. Robert leaves his wife and a 3-year old girl.

With daily reports of death and destruction from war and terrorism, what can we do? Pray the rosary for peace. Pope John Paul urged this in his letter on the rosary in 2002:

"The Rosary has many times been proposed by my predecessors and myself as a prayer for peace. At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying attacks of 11 September 2001, a millennium which witnesses every day innumerous parts of the world fresh scenes of bloodshed and violence, to rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who "is our peace", since he made "the two of us one, and broke down the dividing wall of hostility" (Eph 2:14). Consequently, one cannot recite the Rosary without feeling caught up in a clear commitment to advancing peace, especially in the land of Jesus, still so sorely afflicted and so close to the heart of every Christian."

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