Fr. Aidan Writes:
I am acutely aware that, as we celebrate the glorious light of the Transfiguration in to- day’s Gospel, the people of the Ukraine are shrouded in the darkness and fear of a war, interspersed with the deadly flashes of bombs and bullets started by a tyrannical bully,
Putin. Let none of us be in any doubt about the evil of Putin’s actions and the horror it is causing. Pope Francis has vehemently condemned this war, “In Ukraine, rivers of blood and tears are flowing. This is not just a “military operation” but a war which sows death, destruction and misery,”
Putin has put the whole world into a very unstable spin and has been scheming for years, not just this last year, to get to this point. I have heard people cry that we should send our military forces in; let us not be in too much of a haste to send our young men and women, “our infantry”, into a theatre of war that could well precipitate into a global conflict. Economic sanctions at this high level have never been imposed and there are more layers to add. Whilst sanctions and diplomacy are slower than bombs and bullets, we must give them a chance. We must give peace a chance to be established with security. We must also give a chance for the people of Russia to call a halt to the despot who has them in his thrall too.
May Saint Olga and St Josaphat, Patrons of the Ukraine, intercede for their people before God’s throne of mercy and peace, Amen.
God bless us all in these difficult and dangerous times.
I will be away from the parish until April the first. I will get to see my family for the first time in 2.5 years and also attend meetings of the Josephites in Belgium.
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter