contemporary Christian, Julia Ward Howe in 1870 – "Our sons [and daughters] shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
to allow our sons [and daughters] to be trained to injure theirs."
Another Mother's Day is celebrated without taking this proclamation seriously.
o do so, and to follow Christ, we must stop sending our children off to war, mortgaging their future by funding war instead of their education. We must send them into service as peacemakers, to battle the triple evils-- racism, poverty, and war itself-- that plague our world. Then on that judgment day we’ll hear God say, -- Blessed are you peacemakers, My sons and daughters. All of us Catholics, Christians, young and old, are called to be active witnesses, risking everything for this truth. Violence is never the way. God is unconditional love. There is no place for violence in the Holy of Holies, God’s heart of hearts.