Please pray for the people of Iraq. They didn’t ask to be invaded. Most of them are people just like us. They just want to raise their families and live their lives. They have endured outrageous trials that tear at the human heart, in particular this person’s heart. Pray for the soldiers of our nation and other nations who are in harms way in this seething cauldron of hatred and violence. Iraq proves what Jesus said so clearly in the Gospel, “He who lives by the sword will die by it also.” Iraq proves that a war on terror will never end terror. Only by loving our enemies can we hope to change them. Pray too for President Bush, Moqtada al-Sadr and the Mr. al-Maliki. This is all spinning way beyond their control. May we find conversion in the ashes of Iraq. May we resolve to never again use our overwhelming force for anything other than humanitarian purposes. May we beat our swords into plowshares. May we truly see all life as sacred and all men and women as brothers and sisters. Peace.