Dear Confreres, Sisters, and Partners in Mission,
It is with a certain urgency that I write to you again today. I believe that most of us are aware of the outbreak of war with the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and the ongoing efforts on the part of world leaders to resolve this situation and prevent further violence. It is evident that this situation will have repercussions which will affect the entire continent of Europe, as well as a greater impact on our wounded world.
Pope Francis has continued to invite all of us to join in prayerful communion and solidarity with all the victims of war and violence. He has reminded us, and all people of good will, that war is madness, the work of the evil one, and a serious sin that inflicts great wounds on all humanity.
Here in Rome, the General Government echoes these concerns of the Holy Father. For this reason, I make a heartfelt appeal to all Confreres, Sisters, and Partners in Mission to participate, especially this weekend, in a united prayer for peace, especially in Ukraine. Please dedicate time in each of our Churches, monasteries, convents, communities and homes for this time of prayer, and invite the people of God to join with us. This prayer for peace is an expression of our communion and solidarity with our Redemptorist Brothers and Sisters in both Ukraine and in Russia., as well as with all people.
It is clear to us that this prayer will embrace and express our deepest longing for peace in every part of our wounded world, among all peoples, on every continent. May our prayer continue to help us to grow in our call to be witnesses of the Redeemer. May this communion express our conviction that we are truly sisters and brothers for we are all children of God.
In Christ our Redeemer and our Brother,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
Rome, February 24, 2022