......Fellowship as an Ark of Peace......
On 21 September we celebrate the International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981.
The dove with an olive branch is a symbol of peace. This image recalls the story of the great flood, which is part of multiple religious traditions. According to the biblical account, God asked Noah to enter the ark with his family in order to save humanity from destruction.
Today, in order to preserve peace, we need to enter together, as a single human family, an ark that can cut through the stormy seas of the world: the ark of fellowship.
The first step is to recognize that God is the origin of this one and only human family, the Creator of everything and everyone, who wants us to live as brothers and sisters, in the common house of creation.
Here, at the roots of our common humanity, is where fellowship and solidarity start. We all have the same dignity and nobody can be the owner or the slave of anybody else. We are called to preserve the creation and the whole universe, to take care of each other, particularly supporting those who are most in need.
Today, fellowship is ripped apart by policies of fundamentalism and division, by excessive profit systems and ideologies of hate, which manipulate the actions and the destiny of humanity.
Click here for NGO Prayer Network Reflection, by Sr Teresa Linda, Province of Italy-Malta - Fellowship as an Ark of Peace
Some other key dates to save in your calendars
February 20 - World Day of Social Justice
March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)
March 22 - World Water Day
April 22 - International Mother Earth Day
April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)
June 5 - World Environment Day
June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week
June 20 - World Refugee Day
June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)
July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons
August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes
September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
September 21 - International Day of Peace
October 6 - World Habitat Day
October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child
October 16 - World Food Day
October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty
November 2 - All Souls Day
November 11 - Diwali festival
November 18 - World Day of the Poor
November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 5 - International Volunteer Day
December 10 - Human Rights Day